Speechless with admiration

That’s speechless admiration for every house-wife and house-husband.

The last three days I have been based at home in Falmouth whilst Annie has been working – and so the place has been mine.

I first of all acknowledge that there haven’t been any children in sight (apart from the students who live above us) – I can only imagine……

The fact is – that I live in a man’s world – and also the world of the sole trader who travels extensively on business.

A world in which I can decide to:

  • start and finish every task – one at a time and
  • choose not to be interrupted

In fact I had planned for these three days to be a kind of self-indulgent “buffer” time – to think and plan.

What a wake up call this week has been.

Constant multi-tasking:

  • bed making
  • dishwasher replenishment
  • emails
  • food shopping
  • phone calls with clients
  • snail mail
  • cleaning
  • laundry
  • broken down appliances
  • emergency launderette trips
  • Christmas shopping
  • personal and professional planning
  • calendar maintenance
  • expenses forms
  • cooking
  • clearing up
  • phone calls with Team CB
  • taxi rides (including a 10-mile drive last night that took two hours)

And to make matters worse – constant interruptions!

Not “my schedule” but “everyone else’s schedule”.

For once I know what its like to run a household – and it makes what I do for a living seem very simple.

Cheers to the home-makers all over the globe.

I can’t take much more of this – actually hit the sherry last night!


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.