Genny, my lovely twelve year old, has been walking around this house treating me, and occasionally her dad, like complete crap. In fact, only when she is involved in exactly what she wants to be doing- is she nice at all. Upon finishing school, her summer days have looked like this:
1) lay around and read.
2) Watch a movie or some tv.
3) lay around and read.
4) hang out with a friend.
5) sleep til ten.
6) lay around and read.
When reminded to do a chore, she simply says “K”, and retreats to her room to… yep, you guessed it: lay around and read!
Considering her injury, (which I’ll remind my readers, happened AT A SUMMER PARTY, with her friends and a slip and slide) we’ve been a little lenient on what responsibilities she has. Chw even mowed the lawn, which he HATES to do, while she was sad because she loves it.
Here’s the thing though…
She just got her first cell phone.*
And, just in time for vacation, an iPod touch*.
She started off this week at a sleepover.
The kid somehow manages to score a Sonic Happy Hour drink almost every day.
The girl leads a charmed life.
So this morning, when she wakes up and is right off the bat wickedly mouthed and hateful I asked her “why?” Her response knocked me off my feet and I still can’t seem to close my jaw properly…
I just get so mad because my life is so hard and it isn’t fair!!!!
And here I thought I had it bad… What with the cooking, and the cleaning WHILE working from home… With the being treated like garbage by the only person I see consistently every day; and the driving (in a hot car) to the parties and the birthday celebrations and the sleepovers and the movie theater…
I guess I’ve been wrong.
* there are people, even in our daily lives going: What??? How could you get her a cell phone? Well, as we’ve told them I felt the need to also tell the world- we’ve been really responsible about it. It was actually her brother’s phone, before he left for Germany. AND it has amazing parental features. For instance, she has 12 contacts. The rest of the phone is locked. She cannot text. She cannot add contacts. She cannot call anyone BUT her contact, nor can she receive calls from anyone other than her contacts. It’s amazing…
* as for the iPod touch. The same, sensibly concerned people seem to be concerned with the internet options on the iPod. Well, proud to say those are blocked too. She has movies and videos on there, which are nice for car rides and such. BUT she’s only 12. She needs parental guidance…