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Thankful Thursday

I’m glad this week is coming to a close. I am really, really glad. I can hardly wait for it to be next week. I have been tried and tested for the past two weeks. Babe’s friend’s daughter (5) has been staying with us, and she is ANNOYING. And RUDE. I have no tolerance for rudeness, so you can imagine how this has been going. Now, her over-indulgent mother is here, and will be here until the child’s summer camp ends (TOMORROW! TOMORROW! I LOVE YA, TOMORROW!) Not soon enough, I tell ya!

In some other post, I will share some general rules that I believe should be followed when you stay at someone else’s house, especially uninvited and rent-ass-free. I will also post reasons NOT to offload your child on other people (e.g. Your child speaks at a volume about 80% higher than necessary, and has to be told about it EVERY time she opens her loud mouth.). Now people, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE children. I really do. I just do not like being stuck with someone else’s for an extended period of time. I don’t care who you are, or how awesome (you think) your child is, two weeks is FAR TOO LONG for him/her to visit a non-family member, ok? FAR TOO LONG. Unless you are paying exorbitant camp fees.

I was telling my cousin about this issue, and he said, “It’s different when it ain’t ya blood.” Boy, ain’t that the freaking truth! I can deal with my younger cousins much easier. I know them. I understand their habits. I know how their parents relate to them. I know how they are disciplined. They know that I am fun, but not to be messed with. We gel. We mesh. We GOOD.

Even in my babysitting days in university, all was well. Those were some VERY well behaved children. I often showed up with a box of fun. “She brought the gold box!” they would exclaim. The gold box meant crafty things, little experiments, and lots of randomness. So yes, I GET children. I know how to have fun. I have my own methods of discipline. I just have to be adamant about this. NO ONE WANTS TO KEEP YOUR UNRELATED CHILD FOR FREE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. No matter what your reasoning, if you are thinking something that is not in line with what I’m telling you, you are WRONG.

Oh, wait… It’s Thankful Thursday, isn’t it?

I’m thankful that it is almost time for these people to get the HELL out of our house. I’m thankful for the peace and quiet that we will soon have. I’m thankful for the dishes that will only be dirtied by us, so I won’t have a problem washing them. (Listen. The sink is full of dishes right now. NONE of them are ours. This is NOT a bed and breakfast. GAAAAAH! Inconsideration really does it to me, y’all!) I’m thankful for you all, letting me rant and all that stuff. I’m thankful that my course material has arrived, and I’m almost done with my first assignment.

How about you? Anything driving you crazy this week? What’s the longest you’ve ever had a house guest? Would you dump your child on friends you hardly ever talk to for two weeks? What are you thankful for?