Being in the doghouse is a metaphor
It indicates the adult version of being sent to one’s room. One can be in the doghouse for a wide variety of reasons and situations. An angry partner, boss, spouse, or even mother. Basically, it means we messed up somehow according to someone else’s expectations, wants or desires.
For some of us, this may not be a particularly difficult place to wind up in. It may, however, prove to be a challenging place to remove oneself from.
My doghouse of life usually resulted from my mother.
My mother is a person I describe as having no grey area of life. Things are what they are and you are what she expects you to be. No matter what you live up to her expectations or else. It also doesn’t matter how old you get. There are no excuses for anything, not ever.
Me, I am a person full of grey areas in life. Not only do I have them, I also accept them in others.
Nothing in life is perfect and shit happens. Sometimes that stuff is beyond our control and some days life just gets the best of us. What I may have put in the front of my mind in the morning, by evening could have totally escaped, nowhere to be seen.
I may not have even caught that I lost track of that thing I was supposed to remember or do for a few days. When suddenly it pops into my head, colorful expletives come out, and now I have to make the fateful call.
What comes next
Reluctantly I dial the phone, knowing all too well what was coming. I could tell by the cold curt tone of her hello exactly what that meant. The doghouse is waiting for me.