|Imagine my shock when a missing b-ball uniform|
was discovered in a draw string bag in here?
I occasionally send Mini to switch a load in the laundry room. It never fails that she does not know what to set the dryer to. 'Casual? Normal?' she will call to me.
|Mini (and Curly's room) - but Mini is responsible for |
most of the disaster. This is honestly on a good day.
One night I was bound and determined to sort 4 baskets full of laundry in my bedroom. I told Mini to make rice for dinner. I told her to pour the rice in once the water boiled and to cover it and turn it off. I demanded that all the kids come to my room to help sort. Mini was a no-show. I kept yelling at her to get up to my room. 'I am making the rice like you told me.' How long does it take to dump in a cup of rice and cover it?
Mini, who kept insisting that she understood the directions, had NOT turned off the rice. She was standing in the kitchen stirring the rice while we were all sorting laundry. I lost it. I yelled at her. When would she start to figure things out and pitch in more and act like, like . . . a daughter?
|No exaggeration: laundry room directly|
next to the kids' bathroom.
Oh look, two Mini's underwear under
that towel by the door. Grrr.
When I came home, I apologized. I told her if she didn't know how to use a can opener, or make rice, or potatoes, then it was my fault for not showing her. (In my defense, when I tell her things, she isn't always paying attention - claiming she already knows, etc.) I asked her to pay closer attention to my directions in the future and to not say 'I know, I know', but I also admitted that it was my mistake for holding her more accountable than her brothers. She broke down and cried again about how she was tired of them teasing her about stuff like the can opener.
I got all of the lunkhead brothers attention and announced that Mini's lack of can opener experience was a reflection on me and not on her and that they weren't to tease her again.
Eddie agreed to lay off because he is reasonable and he understood that I hadn't been fair, and that is all that matters because Tank is a known knucklehead in these parts and Reg could care less.
Is it just me, or do you subconsciously require more of your daughters when it comes to domestic issues?
Yes. I totally do this. It's not on purpose though. It's just how we do things around here. Dan is in charge of the outside stuff(mowing, home repairs, etc) and I handle all the inside things(cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.) It sounds very 1950s but that's how both our parents did it and that's what we are most comfortable with. So, it's only natural that I expect Sarah to help me with the inside stuff and Peter gets stuck with the outside stuff. I guess we need to cross train both kids!!
I admit that I do not do much of the outside stuff, but I have been known to shovel a driveway and hang Christmas lights AND take out the garbage. For some reason, I always end up cleaning out the garage and that is just the worst job in the world. Mini knows her way around a lawnmower though, because Tank has his own lawn mowing business and he pays the other kids to help him when he gets swamped. The first time he held a meeting to 'train' them - about 3 or 4 years ago, he had Reg and Mini doing push ups. We were dying laughing!
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