Hail the White Knights

| 2/26/2015 3:37:00 PM

Tags: Self Reliance, Feminism, White Knight, Limitations, Mishelle Shepard,

The Philosophical HomesteaderHis first morning back after a two-week work hitch, and he has to dig me out of another whopping mess, this time quite literally.

Handy Hubby is my white knight, no horse necessary, just some good old-fashioned masculine common sense and a bit of very basic gear: some rope and a come-along. I’m shivering in jeans and my city-girl mittens while he’s dressed appropriately in rain gear and washable work gloves. Within a minute our rubber boots are carrying several pounds of glue-like clay.

He studies the problem, then the environment. I scan with him, but have no clue what he’s considering. He is slow, methodical, patient, cautious – all the characteristics I wish would rub off on me.

I, on the other hand, am excessively curious, impatient, prone to mischief, and periodically irrational, like yesterday, when I chose to drive up a one-lane mud hill, because I wanted to take the scenic route home.

He chooses a large tree for leverage, uses several fancy knots he’s tried many times to teach me to no avail, and with genius ingenuity, according to this geometrically challenged woman, inches the left back tire out of the ditch, then tows the car into the center of the road, leaving not a scratch.

Sometimes I'm a bit ashamed of my old suburban girl ways, she who considered herself a feminist, wore a T-shirt that read “Anything boys can do girls can do better!” and loved singing along to “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves!” Heavens, forgive me please, I was only 12.

3/4/2015 12:47:09 PM

Hi Nebraska Dave, thanks for the re-welcome and nice to see you are still here! I picture you as a White Knight, I'm sure your lucky lady would agree!

3/1/2015 9:11:38 AM

Mishelle, welcome back to the GRIT blogging community. I missed your wit and humor in your absence. I see that you are still up to curiously getting into precarious situations. I do clean up situations for family, friends, and neighbors but I would hardly consider myself a white knight. I'm just a guy with semi limited skills that come in handy at times. ***** I hope to hear more about life in Texas. Have a great muddin' in Texas day.

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