Saturday, August 11, 2007

Actual Conversation

Me: I need you to unload the dishwasher while I go out to mow the yard.

Jack: Me? Why me?

Me: Because.

Jack: Fine. But it's not fair.

Me: Whatever.

Several minutes pass and I go back to check his progress.

Me: Why are all of those clean dishes all over the counter?

Jack: Because.

Me: Ah yes, "because." See, "because" only works if you're the parent, not if you're the kid.

Jack: That's not fair.

Me: I know! Isn't it grand? Whatever. Now, about those dishes on the counter?

Jack: You told me to unload the dishwasher, not to put the clean stuff away.

Me: Seriously? That's your excuse? I'm calling LAME. Put the clean stuff away.

Jack: But it's still wet.

Me: Okay, now really. Am I going to have to sit you down to teach you how to come up with better "reasons" for not doing your chores? Unload something from the dishwasher, check to make sure it's completely clean, get a towel to dry it if it's still wet, put it away (as he's putting a clean glass baking dish into the oven) in it's proper place.

Jack: (Huge sigh) Seriously?

Me: Seriously.



Sometimes it's hard to tell who's the adult and who's the kid.


Anonymous said...

lol, sometimes i wonder if he had to do anything living with your parents ;)

ehh. he'll learn. it may be painful, but, he'll learn, and one day, appreciate you for it.

UnrulyDuckling said...

Although I would be curious to know his reason why putting away the dishes wasn't fair (I assume you do feed him off the dishes), "Whatever" is probably the best response you could have come up with.

Good strategy on his part to start sticking the dishes in weird places, however.

SerenitySprings said...

Apparently he feels it's "not fair" to be locked in his room and chained to his bed for hours at a time. And feed him off of the dishes? Wouldn't we actually have to feed him in order to feed him off the dishes?