Long-term readers of Herding Cats in Hammond River are probably aware of my love for the ABC sitcom, The Middle. I wrote about their Mother’s Day show here:
I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard or as loud at a show as I did at the episode of The Middle that aired last night! I swear that ABC has video cameras hidden in my house…this program is my life! Here’s a video clip (please watch – it’s essential to the post):
Sadly, Jim and I are “Mike” and “Frankie.” We spend most of our time making ourselves crazy/miserable/tired so that our children will be “happy”…I don’t think they appreciate how much we do for them! We do their laundry and dishes, spend massive amounts of money to feed and clothe them, and drive them anywhere they want to go. When we plan meals, the menu’s based on their likes/dislikes, not ours! We listen to their music (they whine when we put ours on) and watch their TV shows (seriously, people…how long can one watch Family Channel before losing one’s sanity?)! When the kids tell us they need something for a homework assignment (that they’ve known about for weeks), it’s usually the day before it’s due…we drop everything and run to the store to get the posterboard/modelling clay/three-humped camel that they need for their project. We used to get away twice a year for a long weekend without kids…there were no trips for Jim and I in 2010…we were too busy and too broke (although somehow we managed to scrape together the money to take them to PEI for three days, and go to Sandspit and the go-cart park)!
I spent three hours folding laundry (there were 10 loads or so) on SUNDAY night. Mine, Jim’s, Devin’s and my dad’s clothes are put away. Four days later, the neatly-folded girls’ clothes are still taking up two chairs in my living room! I refuse to cave this time…they’re putting them away, not me!
When I came home from the store on Monday night, the dishwasher was full, and still had not been run (it was full when I left in the morning). “You didn’t tell us to run it, Mom!” Anna protested. Really? Three teenagers home all day, and nobody thought to turn it on?
Since Tuesday, Jim has been getting up early every morning on his week off to take Devin to driving lessons (to be fair, this was Devin’s mom’s idea, not his!). I’m sure Jim would rather sleep in…
Tuesday night, I went to the kitchen to get a glass…there was a lone plastic cup in the cupboard, which normally houses in excess of two dozen drinking vessels! I’m sure there are dirty glasses in every room in my house, except the kitchen! The same people who hoard sticky, crusty glasses in their bedrooms will be the ones complaining when the dishwasher doesn’t get them clean!
Yesterday, Jim spent the day installing the new computer he built Dad for the bookstore. We went out for lunch (to a place which doesn’t serve its food in cardboard containers)…it was glorious! It’s been way too long since we did that! We’re going out again on January 22nd to a concert…no kids then, either!
So…I’m drawing my line in the sand…things are going to change around here, from now on! I urge other parents of teenagers who find themselves in this rut to stand up with us and take back your houses!
We’ll start with dinner tonight…guess what, girls? We’re having fish, because Jim and I like fish! If that’s not good enough for you, there are Pizza Pops in the freezer…the microwave’s over there! After supper, we’re going to watch Eureka on the big TV in the living room…and then maybe we’ll put on a record and dance…flee to your bedrooms if you must!