“Woe is me….” the doll says under her breath. “Whoa I’m reading” the boy says trying to convince. “Wha?” the husband looked back at me and mouthed. “What is going on here?” I said when I arrived home from work and found all three KIDS-that’s right KIDS still in pajamas watching television at 5:00 pm. “Have you been watching TV all day?” I asked. “No” the doll says defensively, “I’ve been playing on my Kindle too.” Lowering my head I disappeared into the Kitchen…what a fun Spring break they’re having, acting like slugs.
To be fair…at some point during this week someone has been sick. The doll’s bout of stomach flu which began last week has lingered in making her feel achy and cramped. The hub, we now believe may have been fighting off a virus that mimics the heart adrenaline issues he’s been having and the boy yesterday sported a fever and the same type of cramps the doll exhibited earlier. But with sunlight shining through our windows and bright blue albeit cold skies, makes it difficult for me to see everyone do little all day. “Think of something fun we’d like to do when I get off work” I said yesterday before leaving. When I arrived home at 2:30 everyone’s idea of fun was to continue watching a home improvement show marathon on HGTV. The boy snuggled in a sleeping bag, with his nook and watched some ongoing cartoon soap opera.
I know when I was a kid, we were sent outside to play. It didn’t matter the temperature it just mattered that we were out of the house. Today kids seem to have so many distractions locking them in place; going outside is the last thing they want to do. “Honey, we need to find something for them to do other than sit/lay on the couches.” I said. As if by magic, a lost dog appeared on our street. The neighbor boys were trying to lure the husky with bologna into their back yard. The boy decided he should help, running out the door in his slippers. The doll thought she might miss out on something and went outside to help as well. They were outside a whole ten minutes, feeling triumphant the dog was caught and owners called. When they re-entered the house I announced “The TV is off for the remainder of the day” -hoping to kick start them into doing something more than lounge on the couches all day.
In defiance the doll grabbed her kindle and began to play a video game, the boy reestablished himself into the sleeping bag and re-engaged in the cartoon soap and the hubby turned the television back on to continue watching home improvement programming. Defeated, I went and laid down. Hell if you can’t beat them (literally and figuratively) might as well join them. There is after all another day…until vacation comes to an end.
As I was leaving for work today I said to the boy, “No television or computer until all your homework is completed. “Mom, I usually do that on Sunday”. He replied. “Why blow your Sunday when you’ve been doing NOTHING all week. Get it done and over with….” I replied. “Mom, there is nothing you need to concern yourself with…” “Tell me, don’t you need to dress yourself up like a character from the book The Outsiders?” I asked. Surprised I knew about the assignment he gave me an odd look. Putting his hand to his face and rubbing it around he replied, “I’m not entirely happy with the concept”. “Be that as it may, don’t you think you should work on your design?” I asked him. “Mom, don’t worry about it I got it all under control”.
“Under control”….is the equivalent to saying one minute before bedtime Sunday night, I’ll think of something to wear on Monday. Oh Brother!