A stimulating tax season
We had four young children and lived in a small house. Children are exhausting. By the time everyone was in bed at night, we had no energy left for adult activities.
No one tells you that things take a dramatic turn in your love life when you have children. Oh sure, it's all fun and games when you decide you're ready to have kids. You tell yourself it won't happen to you. But before you know it, some things come to a screeching halt.
There's nothing that can kill the mood like a four-year-old knocking on your bedroom door asking if mommy is okay. Did I mention you have to be really, really quiet? I spent the next 15 years with my face in a pillow.
So what do you do? If you were like us, you got really good at being opportunists. You never knew when you might get to sneak in a little adult time. I would've never guessed that doing our income tax would have been one of those times. We took full advantage of it, until we got busted.
The kids were watching a movie and we were sitting at the kitchen table, not 10 feet from them, working on our income taxes. The TV was distracting us, so we moved to the bedroom. For some reason they left us alone. Bingo!
We used the excuse many times over the next couple of weeks with success. We didn't know why it worked and we didn't care. We thought we were set for life, but it ended too soon.
We went to visit my parents on a Sunday afternoon. My dad mentioned that he had just finished his taxes.
"How many times do you have to do your taxes?" one of my daughters asked her grandpa.
He shrugged his shoulders, "Just once a year."
"Mommy and Daddy have to do their taxes a bunch of times," she said, before skipping off.
I felt my face flush. "We have a complicated return this year," I lied.
Oh well, at least I can say I enjoyed one tax season.