The problem with twin 2-year-olds . . .

by Karen Larson

Jerry (my Good Old Boat co-founder and husband) has a theory about women in government that suddenly seems relevant to life in general and boat projects specifically. The theory itself is based on two hypotheses. The first is that women make better leaders than men do. The second is that mothers of 2-year-olds get the most done.

It is his opinion, first, that women, who he believes are less egotistical and more likely work with others (rather than achieving independent ambitions through use of force), are more likely than men to accomplish good things.

Jerry’s second hypothesis is that mothers of 2-year-olds have their hands full. Very full. Because these challenging little tikes demand constant attention, their mothers have to be able to get everything else in their lives done efficiently, effectively, and very quickly.

Jerry combines these axioms and concludes that only mothers of 2-year-olds should be allowed to serve as U.S. president. It’s a bit of a leap, but it’s Jerry’s proposal. Take it or leave it. Once her children have turned three, any woman’s term in office should expire to be replaced by another young, and very efficient, mother. (Admittedly, there are some issues of timing to be worked out . . . but those are minor details.)

For what it’s worth, that’s his theory about women in government. My interpretation (the short version) of all this philosophizing is that having a very demanding life leads to snappy decision-making. Lately I’ve noticed some extremely snappy decisions being made by my husband and I think I know why: he has not one — but two — all-consuming boat projects. Think of it as having twin 2-year-olds!

As an example of his snappy decision-making, our gas stove died on Friday and by Saturday we had a new one selected and ordered for delivery. This happened in spite of Jerry’s promise that this was going to be my decision and in the face of my argument that I wanted to get some opinions and do some research. I noted that we were in no hurry since we had alternative ways to bake (something that we don’t need to do every day anyway) and the rest of the stove (range top and broiler) was operational.

But before I began checking out brands and getting opinions, we’d been to two local big box stores, and the deed was done. Why so fast? And what happened to this being my decision? I believe it had to do with having too many boats and way too many boat projects. This man doesn’t tolerate slow.

Our blue boat still languishes on the shore of Lake Superior (as the summer passes us by!) while Jerry slaves to add a windlass, bow rollers, roller furling, new winches, and a few more odds and ends of the as-long-as-I’m-in-there-with-tools-and-epoxy variety. Then there’s the yellow boat in our backyard that hasn’t had any attention in a couple of months. Once spring arrived and Mystic (the Lake Superior boat) was uncovered, she began to occupy all of Jerry’s waking and sleeping moments.

The yellow project boat, we thought, back in the ides of December, might just be launched this summer. Those thoughts must have occurred before we remembered all the work he wanted to do on Mystic. Are we delusional? Maybe it will be next year for that yellow one . . . or the year after that. I often explain that we’re into year six of a two-year project with that one. Or is it year seven now?

They say that nothing is as motivated as a man with a bucket on a sinking boat . . . or a mother of 2-year-olds. But what about a man with a short summer and two major boat projects? What I’ve learned is that a guy like that can be accused of (and even forgiven for) some very snappy decision-making.


2 Responses

  1. So, what is the boat you are selling?

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