Friday, April 29, 2011

A Royal Wedding or Whatever happened to Happily Ever After?

I can't help but feeling a bit down on the institution of marriage these days. Even on this day of the Royal Wedding...



You know in German we have a saying:

Vor der Hochzeit bekommst du Rosen.
Nach der Hochzeit stopfst du Hosen.

In translations: Before you marry you get roses.
                        After the wedding you mend pants...

Well, with me it's not so much the mending of pants. I guess what really gets me is that guys seem to forget how to do the laundry when you marry them. Has it really been 15 years since I got married? In that whole period of time I remember DH doing the laundry once. That was the time I had to leave for Germany because my mother had passed away.
Upon my return from the funeral in Germany, I found that he had washed every single piece of clothing. Good job! But when I entered our bedroom I saw huge stacks of folded shirts and pants, piles of underwear and socks. I mean, those stacks nearly reached the ceiling. I said: "Honey, it's so sweet that you did the laundry. But why didn't you put the clothes away?" Answer DH: "Oh, I didn't know where they go." What the h...! Where do you find your socks and undies when you need clean ones.
I guess that was the wrong reaction. I should have praised the man instead. It's been seven years since...


Does Kate Middleton know what she is in for? One wonders... Well, she most likely has people to do that sort of thing for her. I doubt that Royals do their own laundry. I sure hope she has a better experience than poor Diana.

I was 13 years old when I watched Diana Spencer's wedding. It was a real special occasion. I was supposed to go harvest asparagus with my sisters. My parents owned that huge field of white asparagus back then. We had to go twice a day to dig up the white treasures... I remember my sisters and I felt so bummed out that morning because we all wanted to stay home and watch the fairy tale wedding of Charles and Lady Di'.
Then, a miracle happened! I fell off my bike riding out to the field. I scraped one of my knees and elbows so badly that my parents sent me home. I got to sit propped up in my dad's chair and watch the whole ceremony while my sisters had to slave away in the field! Oh, you betcha they were mad. =)


I got up at 3 AM this morning to watch the Royal Wedding. Oh how beautiful Kate Middleton looked! That radiant smile! Sorry about the grainy pictures, but our TV is from 1987. Yet I think I managed to capture the essence of her smile. I sure hope that William does right by her! I hope he helps her with the friggin' laundry or whatever the heck she needs help with...

Off to continue with my drudgery... No asparagus these days. But lots of laundry and the kitchen floor could use a sweeping...

Good Luck, Kate!

4 comments:

Kerry said...

Oh my, I think they should put specifics about laundry in the wedding vows! I shouldn't complain though. That is something my hubby does help with.
I thought the sermon in the ceremony was beautiful and while he didn't mention laundry specifically, I did like the overall theme of equality and support of one another. Quite refreshing. I am sure that Kate especially appreciated it! ;)
Happy Weekend!

germandolls said...

You lucky duck, Kerry! It's hard to get him wash a dish...

Natalie/Woolhalla said...

I didn't get up to watch! I saw Chuck & Di tie the knot, but skipped the 3am viewing today... I figure with youtube it would be easy to catch up on, unlike my sleep!!
My wedding didn't have the laundry part in it either... I vow to at least pass that on to my children!! Good tip!!

germandolls said...

I'll definitely instruct my daughter on that one...Maybe some kind of test for the guys. How long will it take you to wash, dry, fold, AND put away that mountain of laundry..