Today was the sports day at my kids' school. I was reprimanded by my wife for not paying better attention to the schedule and letting her know about it. I usually pay a small amount of attention to things like that, but this wasn't really all that well advertised. It wasn't until this morning that I realized why it was such a big deal to her. She was picturing the elaborate staging of a Japanese Sports day involving weeks of rehearsals and a full weekend morning of events. I didn't want to discourage her from going by telling her that it was just going to be the kids playing a few simple games for about an hour and going back to class. Also, it was early morning and I didn't feel like getting into a discussion about it.
When I came home and asked her how it was, she confirmed my expectations. She said that even if she'd have known what it was going to be like, she would have still gone. That's one of the adjustments that we've had to make with us moving to Abu Dhabi. In our family dynamic, I'm used to being the person who doesn't have any idea of what's going on. However, in Abu Dhabi, there are a lot of things that feel perfectly natural to me but my wife has to adjust.