Wilson Post Blogs
By BECKY ANDREWS
Wilson Living Magazine
I’ve been cheating on Angel. And by cheating, I mean working on call for a Nashville news station. From the beginning, she thought it was a bad idea.
“Where is the station?”
“As in Davidson County? Can you work from home?”
“No. I can’t work from home. It’ll be okay. I’ll train and if I can’t break away from work here, I don’t have to go in.”
Angel’s texts consisted of, “Have you quit yet?” or “Why are you doing this?” or my personal favorite, “If I PROMISE to workout with you, will you quit?”
My husband opted for the ‘guilt’ method of torture by sending me electronic pictures of my children doing all sorts of fun things that I was missing out on like the boys drinking right out of the milk jug or eating donuts for dinner.
When guilt didn’t work, they both tried to scare me out of moonlighting. If it looked like there might be a chance of rain or the wind picked up outside I got messages from Jay like,
“The house is going to blow away. This is so unsafe. Why can’t you just leave now?” This was always about 15 minutes before the news went on air.
Of course when I mentioned the extra money I’d be bringing in, the complaining from Jay ceased.
Angel would try harder saying, “What is wrong with you? Don’t you know snow is coming? Why are you doing this? You’re destroying us!”
Bad weather or the mention of bad weather is the only thing I’ve seen that brings out the dramatic side of Angel. Bad weather and making left hand turns.
She soon accepted my new position. But not before my station made a crucial mistake one afternoon way back when the big ‘O’ was still on the air.
“I can’t believe ‘your little station’ preempted Oprah for some silly snow storm. Who do I need to talk to about this? You know if you get stuck, Brody is the only one that will come and get you.”
I could interpret everything she was telling me. For instance, when she says, ‘have you quit yet?’ That really means, ‘I miss you.’ When she said, “If you quit, I’ll workout with you.” That means, ‘If you quit, I’ll stop making fun of you working out.’ But when she pulled out the ‘Brody’ card, I knew she was serious. When she said Brody would be the only one to pick me up if I got stuck I knew that meant, ‘I’ll drive the next time we go to Providence even if I have to make left turns. ‘
I still have the ‘other job’. Who has the time for a 2 hour drive just to do a little shopping in Mt Juliet?