A Gift for Mother’s Day
My partner is a tour guide in Ottawa, where we live. She teaches people of all ages about our city and shares her passion for our capital and our history with visitors. She has been a guide on and off since before we got engaged and married. She was a guide before we had kids and she has always been a guide. In the years when she wasn’t guiding tourists around our city – sometimes telling ghost stories and sometimes showing busloads of seniors or high school students the sites – she was busy guiding our kids.
Finding the Time
Parenting is no easy gig. When my partner and I met I already wanted to be a dad. I was ready to wait until she was ready for that adventure. I didn’t wait long before proposing, but we did take our time being engaged before the actual getting married part. Then we spent time enjoying being a married couple before having kids and along the way we worked, travelled and she picked up some more education.
Then we had our first daughter. A few weeks after she was born, she came with me to watch her mum walk across the stage to pick up her masters. I got to be a proud dad and husband all in one day! Since then we have become parents to two more amazing girls and my partner has been the primary at-home-parent for more than 10 years. She decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home parent when our first was born and since then our kids have benefitted immensely from my partner’s guidance.
Showing the Way
My partner has not only spent the better part of the last ten years teaching our kids and guiding people around our city, she also teaches music and drama to other kids in the city. Over the years she has conducted a few different children’s choirs, managed another, managed the tour company where she now works as a guide and taught drama classes to young kids.
In all of these roles my partner has been showing people the way. She helps people to see things around them and inside them that they wouldn’t necessarily have noticed on their own. This includes me.
Everyday my partner supports and challenges me to be a better parent. We work together to raise these kids and we learn from each other and strategize on how to do it better. As the parent who spends the most time during the day with our kids, she often serves as my guide in this journey.
Stealing my Watch
As you may have gathered, my partner isn’t really a nine-to-five kind of office worker. She prefers to have a variety of jobs that fulfill her in different ways. What that means in practical terms is that some weeks and times of the year are busier than others. The classes she teaches typically run during the school year. The tours happen year-round and while Ottawa can be a beautiful city in the winter, it is often also very cold so there aren’t as many tourists in town. In the spring with drama classes still underway and the school groups and seniors tours returning to the city she is often quite busy.
The challenge is getting there on time and sticking to the tour or class schedule to get them to the end of the activity on time. This is especially true for tours as they often have activities taking place after the tour. After the battery in her old watch died, my wife started stealing my wood watch to help her stick to the schedule. As you might imagine, my wrist is a bit bigger than hers so it was a little floppy, but she liked the feel of the wood band, even as it slid around her wrist.
Wood Watches for Her
Now, thanks to Jord, my partner has her own wood watch to keep her (and those that she is guiding) on time. These particular wood watches are made with Zebrawood and as you can see is beautiful. In addition to being a beautiful timepiece, the practical side of me is happy because this is a self-winding watch and that means that I get to wear my own watch instead of my wife taking it to help her get places on time when her watch battery dies.
I am a woodworker in my spare time and I love the look and feel of these wood watches by Jord. They use very attractive woods and often more than one type of wood per watch. They are very well made and as someone who rejected wearing watches for a long time because I didn’t like the feel of the watch bands, I really enjoy the feel of the wood watch band. My partner and I are both fans of our wood watches.
A Timely Gift for Your Guide
Mother’s Day is coming up and a Jord Wood Watch is a great gift option for the mothers in your life. Check out all of the awesome watches that they offer. Father’s Day is also coming up so make sure you check out the men’s watches as well as the wood watches for women.
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Jord Watches provided us with a Zebrawood and Rose wood watch at no cost. This post contains affiliate links and if you choose to purchase one of these beautiful wood watches I will receive a commission at no additional cost to you.