Wednesday, March 03, 2010


Not of the congressional kind, but of the offspring kind. Demands. I have probably already written up on this here blog my Raggedy Ann Theory. Everyone in this family sees me as a tool, not a person. I'm Raggedy Ann sitting stupidly on a shelf until somebody needs me and throws me around, and I'd better be available 24/7 and never argue against their preposterous wants and better drop everything else to instantly and magically fly to meet their needs.

The week before Christmas, Thing #1, the Elder, who is going to conservatory next year (maybe, if hell freezes over), phones me from his first school (goes to two, long story), and gives me a LIST of things to do. I have 15 minutes to do them all and still drive to the school! Yeah, right!:

  • Bring $20 to the door of the school so he can order a slew more transcripts.
  • Be there at no later than 12:45.
  • Put money in his online lunch account because he ate everything up yesterday and just found out there's a zero balance.
  • Bring him a hot lunch because the cafeteria won't let him have anything right now.
  • Bring seven postage stamps of the postcard denomination for the transcript office.
  • Give him a ride to the other school in the city to make it on time for afternoon class.

RIGHT NOW! No "Please" or anything. Heaven forbid.

So like the idjit I am, I jump into Whirling Dervish mode, find $20, and replenish the lunch account while leftover pasta is sizzling in the microwave. Then I speed to the post office, because, wouldn't you know it, we have no postcard stamps and I am NOT going to give him seven precious Forever stamps for some dumbbell postcards.

I zap over to the post office, which is mobbed with people sending last-minute Christmas gifts, and stand in line biting my nails up to the elbows waiting for those postcard stamps. Then I run back across town to the school, with the "hot lunch" getting colder every minute.

Kid takes the $20 and the stamps. Comes back to the car with the entire book of stamps and stuffs them in the door handle. I give him a "what the . . . ?" look. I hand him the lunch and fork and napkin, and he says, "Turns out they let me have a lunch." That's when it hits me: my car is small, and my arm is LONG and strong . . .

He is a teenage piggert, so he decides to inhale the pasta anyway. We get stuck in lunch-hour traffic on the way into the city, and he's cussing because I am going to make him late! You see where the BLAME lies? It's my fault!

When I drop him at the door of the Academy, he has forgotten his ID badge which opens the security door, and he has left the stamps sitting in the car-door handle.

I drive off.


At 3/04/2010 4:20 PM, Blogger Nance said...

Sigh. But what have we learned?

At 3/04/2010 4:45 PM, Blogger sputnik said...

Nance, all that I have learned is that if I play "tough love," only worse things happen. This one can barely figure out how to operate a toaster, so I don't feel I can take any chances. And in all honesty the chemotherapy had markedly weird long-lasting effects. It's a tough call to say if it's inborn idiocy or a side-effect!


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