A Note to My Kids Regarding Summer...
Dear Son & Daughter, There's one more week of school left, can you believe it? I know, this year has gone by so fast. Now you have a long summer of ??? to look forward to.
About that, the long summer thing... I just wanted to make sure we understand one another before the 'fun' begins. Contrary to what you may have come to understand from summers past... I, your mom, am not, I repeat NOT, your Cruise Director. It's important that you know, starting now, that should you become bored over the long hot days of summer, I am not the person to ask, "What should 'WE' do?" nor, "Where should we go?"
Let it also be know that I am not your Personal Maid. If you dirty a dish, clean it up! If you've run out of clean clothes, wash them, dry them, fold them and put them away! If you leave your crap laying around, put it away! It's really not that difficult... You see, I do stuff like this all the time... I just don't want to spend MY summer doing it EXCLUSIVELY for you.
Here's another thought to keep in mind. During the summer months it would be foolish of you to assume I am your personal chef. So when you're hungry, don't search me out to ask, "So, what's for lunch?" If you're hungry, make yourself something. There's food in there, trust me, I buy it every week! If you'd really like to put a smile on my face, make me something too, while you're at it.
Lastly, here's a role I REALLY don't want to fall into this summer.
I really detest the image of 'Drill Sergeant'. I don't wish to spend MY summer telling you what to do. I don't want to berate you for sleeping past noon every day, so don't!... If the lawn needs mowing, MOW IT!... If the trash needs to go out, TAKE IT OUT!... If something needs to be done around the house, DO IT!... Don't ask questions or give me attitude. I ask these things of you, not to make your lives miserable but to allow us to peacefully coexist in something other than utter filth and chaos.
I'm not the only person who lives in this house... We're a community of people living together, and as a community, we each need to do our part and help out our fellow Man or in this case 'Mom'.
Now, I hope we understand each other. So you two go off and have a wonderful last week of school and here's to a Great Summer.... Together!