Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Damn You Cruel Irony!

Our Church sponsors Enrichment meeting nights for the Sisterhood of the traveling flowered dresses, every few months. There they learn valuable skills, gossip, fun crafts, wretched scrapbooking , and lessons in home economics, gorging on food samples. The brethren apparently felt left out to see their women congregating in such a joyous fashion, so now they too have their own Enrichment meetings, lovingly dubbed , "MANrichment". I'm secretly wondering if they're going to encourage macho activities, because I'd certainly hate to walk in on them fixing each other's hair, pillow fighting, or discussing the latest Danielle Steele novel.

Between holding down two jobs, completing studies as a Senior at Sam Houston University, and tending six kids, Papi doesn't usually have the time for such frivolities. Last week though, he came to me with nearly a pleading tone in his eyes and he very meekly asked me, "Girlie, would you allow me to go to the MANrichment meeting on Tuesday. Please"? The fact that he used the word "allow", as though I'm his Master (not in the daylight hours, anyway), cracked me up, so of course, I allowed him to go. What a good wife am I.

13 comments:

omar said...

MANrichment. Interesting. The fact that it's church-sponsored rules out some potential activities, but I am curious about what goes on.

Lianne said...

This is NOT an official LDS activity! But I did enjoy your rather "Real" version of Enrichment Night.

Scrapbooking is a tool of the devil.

Manrichment... wait till the Brethern hear about this!

jams o donnell said...

Ah elasticwaistbandlady, as a man who is truly whipped I know what pleading is!

Me:"Mistress, please may I go to the pub?"

Not-wife "Silence worm Now peel me a grape"

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Me thinketh that perhaps you need MANrichment more than Papi does, Jams. Hey I don't mind him butching up a little as long as he understands his place in this household. :)

lianne, I think they should serve MANwich sandwiches for MANrichment night snacks. Wouldn't that be marvelous?

Omar, nothing all that spectacular. Gossiping about their wives, where to get the sexiest cargo shorts this season, asking each other if men can wear sandals without looking feminine, exchanging quiche recipes. The usual. No, really they had an A/C specialist guy teaching them how to do minor repairs and another guy teaching how to tile floors. Papi's not busy enough. He has a couple hours during the night where he just lays there, and sleeps. Lazy cur. I don't know why he can't apply his newfound knowledge and tile our floors.

Julie said...

So if we have Girls' Night Out, or GNO, maybe they should call their's MANGO, for Man Go Out. The syntax is perfect, since they'll probably just play ball and grunt.

Mormon Family Man said...

Yeah, right. "MANrichment" has all the makings of a hidden service project. We're lured with the promise of free food and spit-friendly activities, only to be rewarded with two hours weeding someone's front yard/jungle...

wendela said...

MANrichment? Is that a real, umm, church activity? I liked the first part of your (subliminal) post (reminded me of old Kevin Nealon on SNL). I'm surprised Papi even wanted one more activity to attend. What a guy, that Papi!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

wendela, I think he needs that male bonding thing, every once in awhile. I'm not sure why though, he gets his fill of crass jokes, scratching, and sports talk from his own family.

julie, I laughed at the "play ball and frunt" part. Truer words were probably never written.

Most Church programs and activities ARE traps, MFM. They get you in under the pretense of unfettered good times then try to sneak something Gospel or preachy into it.

mullet said...

Dunno about MANrichment ever taking off here, in a church context anyway! Like jams o donnell...it's very much in a pub context here! That is the British mans church - pubs. Uncle mullet pleads with me to let him go....if I veto it for whichever reason I see fit...this is when I become the bitch;) YES - he is whipped!

Syar said...

I think omar likes scrapbooking.

there's this show with julia roberts' niece in it, called unfabulous. targeted to tweens aged 12-15 which I, an 18 year old religiously watch. At one time, the boys in the show had this male bonding time they called MAN Golf. which was a few rounds of mini golf once a week.

I can't really tell you what's so funny about that, but it just cracked me up.

Moi said...

Manrichment eh? Hmmm...do they decorate tires and learn recipes that contain motor oil?

compulsive writer said...

My husband usually refers to it as "Stag and Brag." Of course we refer to Enrichment as "the night formerly known as Homemaking."

I've been told I will not be allowed into heaven because I don't scrapbook. And judging by the number of friends and family I have who all scrapbook...

I'm going to be very lonely.

Mimo said...

Compulsive, Carrot and I will keep you company. EWL is closer to a scrapbooker than we ever will be. My flip flops are plain plastic, and my wagon is rusty.

I wish our ward would have a Manrichment, and teach my dh how to fix my dishwasher, my hands are getting wrinkled.