Teen Take-Out’s Nemesis
It’s at this point that I have catapulted myself into the picture, projecting the way I would do things. I prefer to get things done so I can live peacefully instead of procrastinating – a sure fire downer as some assignment hangs over my head, making me sick to my stomach. Apparently, that’s where my problem begins … the old making it about me. It’s also where my lecture needs to end.
Fact: He isn’t burdened in the same way I am. Eventually he will get it done. In his timing.
Fact: My “lectures” don’t inspire him. If I keep hounding and go down the road of making him feel like an idiot for not doing things a certain way, I can count on causing damage. I’ll heap loads of confirmation that he’s as much of a loser as he thinks he is.
Fact: He will survive whether he reads or not. What’s the worst thing that can happen? He’ll get a nice lesson on getting his work done … not for me, but for himself.
Fact: I’m his biggest fan, even when he’s making me neurotic. Sharing that secret with him might do a lot more good than my lengthy lectures will inspire.
So, I come home … and how am I greeted? TTO is upstairs READING!!! Go-To-Girl, formerly (and still) Sister Save-A-Lot sweetly runs downstairs for tons of hugging. Slow Walker completes the hug sandwich, little Jack is napping. Plus a completely clean and tidy house – all grace of a few kids who worked together to fix our living room rug, vacuum (!), put away all the knick-knacky toys and get along.
No need to mention that I have been asking a certain someone to fix our rug every other day for the last 2 months. I won’t tell you that his name begins with “J”, ends with “N” and might have an “O” in the middle. I’m dumfounded that these kids moved all the furniture, maneuvered the flimsy mat pieces and laid the rug to perfection! Did I mention they vacuumed??!! Oh, and who is the one that did the work? Teen Take-Out and his sidekick Go-To-Girl!
Wow. I need to leave more often. :)
Thanks for walking the road with me.