I have a crush.

Sep 14 2011

I have a crush on someone besides my husband.

It’s another man.

I say that lest you think I have a crush on a loaf of manchego cheese or a steaming cup of coffee, for which I’m equally likely to develop inappropriate feelings.

The man to which I refer haunts my dreams.

He’s hot, yet approachable.

He’s always, always doing the right thing.

He’s good with children.  And old people.  And a wrench.

And he has a killer accent.

Seriously, people.  I think Disney was out to seduce moms when they created Handy Manny.

It’s not right, Disney.  Not right at all.

I had a Handy Manny crush years ago.  My littles would watch him with his optimistic “we can fix it right!” slogan, and I would sigh, eat bon bons, and daydream.

Oh, Manny.  You’re just so handy.

I thought my Manny crush was gone along with cleaning bottles, wiping baby butts, and rolling up the soaker hoses that were my breasts.  But the crush came back with a roar this week, and I was helpless in its wake.

Maybe it’s because our van transmission couldn’t hold his liquor and spewed his guts all over the road.

Van = dead.

Maybe it’s because our microwave beeps and lights up and keeps time… but doesn’t heat anything anymore.  I know, because I tried to warm my coffee three times before I broke down in a puddle caffeine-deprived angst, beat my head on my counter-top, and wailed, “Why? Why does the universe HATE ME?” not unlike Nellie from Little House on the Prairie.  It wasn’t pretty, folks.  Not pretty at all.

Microwave = dead.

Maybe it’s because our oven doesn’t heat on the first try… or because I’m still using an ice pick in place of a button to turn it on.

Oven = on life support.

Or maybe I shouldn’t say any of this since I have a husband that, believe it or not, I try to not drive away, screaming, to Mexico.  (Take me with you, Greg!)

So, I told Greg about my latest Mann-fatuation.  I felt it was only fair, before he finds the photo of Manny I cut out and hid in my top dresser drawer.

Greg’s response?  “If I ever meet him, he has a problem…. right after I put him to work on our oven.”

Annnndddd… snap!  Just like that, my crushing reverted firmly into the husband zone.  That Greg; he still knows how to woo me after all these years.

Oven?  Microwave?  Are you guys listening?  ‘Cause that is HOT!



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