I am a scrapbooking widower. Mrs. Geek is one of those ladies who is more than content to spend an afternoon placing pictures on pages, and then adding embellishments. (Oh, and don't you know it... it is all about the embellishments.) She sometimes does this alone on a table in a corner of our living room. She more often goes to crop with other ladies at the store down the hill or at events within a two hour drive.
On the whole, I like this hobby of hers. I am the first to admit that I am lousy about "recording the moment" for posterity. I always forget to bring a camera, and often forget to use it when I do. A case in point: my sister and her husband spent two years living in Europe. At the end of that time, my parents and I went to visit. When I had the first roll of film from that trip developed, I found pictures from my sister's wedding and wedding rehearsal, just over two years before. So having a wife who is perpetually recording where we are going and what we are doing in such spectacularly crafty fashion is a real plus.
I recently read speculation that scrapbooking is an outlet for stay-at-home moms to reconcile a need to be out of the house with guilt about leaving family members at home. I know that this is not the case for Mrs. Geek. No, she is a childless working professional who got involved with scrapbooking long before she ever met me. She has an undergraduate degree in adverstising, and therefore has a long standing interest in the graphic arts. I cannot speak to whether or not this is true of all scrapbookers out there... though I am told that the hobby has roots in the Mormon love of family history and geneology.
I believe that I am a good scrapbooking widower. I'm glad that Mrs. Geek has a hobby that gets her out of the house -- I love being married, but I like a little time alone once in a while. When Mrs. Geek showed me our wedding album (that she did herself), I won eternal praise from all her scrapbooking friends by saying "I think it could use a few more embellishments." I also didn't yell when the expenses for that wedding album started to pile up.
No, I like that she scrapbooks... though ssssshh... I'm also glad the wedding album is finished, and paid for.
on 2005-06-21 at 8:26 p.m.
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