He’s a corporate climber in dapper pinstripes climbing full speed to the top
Until today when his corporate climb will come to an unexpected stop
He presses the pedal of his Porsche with shoes shined to a blinding glow
Thinking with pride of the day’s success how far up the ladder he will go
At home he greets his wife, but she takes the Porsche keys from his hand
She gives him a piece of paper, he reads it, written in his own hand
She points out that he promised ten years before, that on this very day
He would stay at home and she would return to work during the day
His mouth drops open for he is in shock; how long it ago it did seem!
His face turns pale as he realizes that she’s determined to live her dream
They have four children, she has a job she announces with pride and fear
She tells him he can return to work in time, at the end of another ten years
He begs and pleads and storms and cries and yells and tells her it cannot be!
He’s at the peak of success and can’t leave his job! She simply had to see
How can he turn into a stay at home Dad, so near to his corporate prime?
She cannot think he would do this? That promise from another time?
But she is already leaving and he realizes there’s no time to talk or to think
She points to the kitchen; the floor is flooded; the toddlers stopped the sink
She presses the pedal of the Porsche and is out of the driveway and gone
He knows that his life is turned upside down, but the kitchen water is on!