27 June 2008

To all husbands everywhere

Dear Husbands,

When you have a baby and want to tell all your friends, do not email other husbands! When you do this, they read your message and think, "Oh good," and immediately forget about it. They do not remember to tell their wives, the ones who are really actively interested and worried about your wife and baby. A week later, these wives say, "Wow, I can't believe we haven't heard from the Gehnerschwarzgerstenknechtbergkopfs yet!" And your friends their husbands say, "Oh yeah, they had their baby. I forgot to tell you." And then the wives say, "How could you forget a thing like that? Boy or girl? How big? How was the labor? Is Mom ok?" And the husband says, "Uh . . . . "

Instead, when you send out your baby announcement, go to your wife's email account and send your announcement from there to all of her friends, ie the wives of all your family friends. They will make a prompt report to their husbands and will have all the information they love to look over and savor and think about how great their friend is and how happy they are for her. They will also update their prayers from petitions regarding pregnancy and delivery to postpartum needs (which, as you know, is absolutely critical).

This has the added advantage of allowing your heroic wife to read the congratulations that roll in once she feels like getting back to her email. They mean a lot to her.

Your friends,
The Concordian Sisters of Perpetual Parturition


Jane said...

Yes. :)

Reb. Mary said...

Oh, many's the time that I've quizzed my husband on these crucial details, to be met with that familiar blank look.
The trouble with men in these cases, is that they just aren't women :)

Liz said...

I agree! It also helps to pre-arrange with a couple of your friends to be aware that an e-mail might be coming!