Hey all my Evil Lovies. I’ve been missing in action as of late. Life is really keeping me….carpooling and ball game watching. Mom of Evil Joy broke a hip so I got to hang out in Iowa for a bit.
I promise to be back to a more regular posting schedule next week. I miss hearing from all of you – whether or not you’ve missed me is yet to be seen! Bwaahwahahahahaha!
So these past few weeks I’ve been noticing a trend.
I’ve been spending a large portion of my life cleaning up my house while my spawn have been spending a large portion of their lives swimming, jumping on the trampoline, playing with friends and messing up my house.
You all know I’ve got issues with tidy spaces within my own house. I like the beds made, the toys put away at night, and the weeds pulled.
None of which has been happening.
Enter Evil Joy.
Oh, you want to play with a friend? Okay. After you do these five chores.
Oh it’s time for your friend to go home now? Okay. After you all spend 10 minutes cleaning up the messes you made. I know it’ll make her late but that’s okay, I’m sure her mom would agree with me. You don’t think so? I don’t care.
I refuse to raise entitled little brats. Granted we have allowed them – or rather made them – to be entitled, but my spawn will know how to work. They will know what it feels like to do a good job and then enjoy the feeling that comes from completing a task.
I have to give credit where credit is due. Yesterday two of the Female Spawn decided they wanted their rooms rearranged. Again. (They have a thing about changing up their spaces – no idea where they get their obsessions…no idea at ALL!?!) I told Eldest Female Spawn she was capable of doing it herself. She developed a plan, asked me about it and implemented it from start to finish. (Which I have to say, impressed me. The plan and the asking before action.) Second Eldest Female Spawn needs assistance with her plan but I told her she must maintain a tidy room and do her chores without me asking in order for me to help her complete the plan. She cleaned her room (she shares with Littlest) by outlining tasks for herself and employing Littlest to do her will and they did a fabulous job. (Now…IKEA – I need to put bunk beds BACK together tonight – I made them once upon a time and took them apart in November.)
They did their part, now I have to follow through on mine.
And not to leave out Eldest Spawn. The boy knows how to do his own laundry. And does it. Regularly. Before he runs out of clean clothing. He took it upon himself to do this task. Asked for instructions on the washing machine and how much clothing to put in said machine. I have to say I’m impressed. He has an advantage many entering college don’t have….he knows how to do his laundry. And how to put sheets on his bed. How to clean a bathroom and run a vacuum. Eldest loves to mow the yard and I’m glad he knows that but I’m more proud of the fact he can do his own laundry. (And I don’t have to have clothing pin marks on my nose the rest of the day since he doesn’t mind his own stank.)
The thing is I love taking care of things for people, especially MY Little People. But my little people need to help out here because otherwise I can’t do it all and then I turn all EVIL and it’s not fun for anyone. Besides, I had four spawn for a reason.
I needed minions.
EJ out – to deal with the effects of giving up soda AGAIN. When oh when will I learn just to say no to Diet Coke and Diet Dew? Diet Pepsi and Diet Sprite? The siren call of the diet pop is like music to my caffeine deprived ears. But alas, I will stay strong. I will do it. I may be Evil Joy with an extra dose of Evil, but I’ll do it.
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