It's All Shaun's Fault

This has been an interesting three weeks.  Having Shaun home all the time has been a bit of an adjustment.  I’m happy to say that I’ve once again learned to deal with him full time and most likely will not end up throttling him.  (If you happen to know Shaun in “real life” you will understand exactly what I mean.  I can’t even begin to tell you of all the people that have me pegged as the Susan, Patron Saint of Patience.)

We’ve actually been having fun spending time going off and doing things together while the girls are in school.   The other day, we decided that we were going to go for lunch (Yummy garlicky gyros!) and then go see a movie.  Knowing that the girls would come home to an empty house (something I try to avoid doing) I wrote them a note to let them know where we were and left orders for them not to call us. 

When the movie was over, I got out my cell phone to check on the girls.  I was astounded to see how many messages there were.  They started out with KT cheerfully telling me that the after school club she had planned to join wasn’t actually going to be held after school.  Then she went on to tell me that she was going to French Club.  (French Club? She’s a German-Irish girl taking Spanish!)

The next few messages were telling me that French Club was over and that my little girl was ready to be picked up.  I could hear her panic level rising with one of them being merely a wail of despair asking where I was.  The last message was a very reproachful “Mom, don’t worry, Miss Rebecca has graciously offered to take me home.”


Of course, KT tried to be angry at me for having forgotten her.  The only problem is that this has become one of those things that is just too funny to be tragic.  After I had apologized profusely, I told KT to make sure she thanked Miss R for me and to let her know that I would happily take her daughter home for her if she ever happened to forget about her.  KT just looked at me and snidely remarked that Miss R would never forget her daughter.  “That’s right”, I remembered ” Miss R only has one kid.  We don’t have to be quite as careful as we have an emergency backup child”.

Later that evening,  as I was heading out of Target, I got a phone call from KT.  She had gotten out of martial arts a few minutes early and was wondering if I had forgotten her yet again.   I was torn between feigning forgetfulness or explaining about the really slow checker. 

In the end, I blamed it on her father.  He was home and had flipped my entire routine topsy turvy by his mere presence.  It was all his fault. 

Yeah…nobody in this house was buying it either.  Sigh…

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0 Responses to It's All Shaun's Fault

  1. Jay says:

    You forgot your own kid????

    I guess KT knows who your favorite is now. LOL 😉

  2. Kiraa says:

    Congrats on not killing the husband! Quite a feat, I hear.

  3. Kari says:

    See…I think it’s good to keep the kids guessing about their level of importance in your life. Never let ’em get too comfortable, I say. I’ve just about convinced my younger two that they are basically interchangable. I never just say “Kaleb” or “Jacob”. I say “Ja-Kaleb” or “Ka-Jacob” and then pretend I just can’t keep them straight and because of that, I can’t help but start out saying the wrong name when I’m talking to them. This little bit of parenting prowess serves absolutely no purpose other than to amuse ME and after all the hours of labor I spent with them, I figure they owe me that much at least.

  4. mjd says:

    “That’s right”, I remembered ” Miss R only has one kid. We don’t have to be quite as careful as we have an emergency backup child”. Living with your family always sounds like a hoot.

  5. Stephanie says:

    THe real culprits are the kids….we have raised them from wee little things and by the time they are teenagers they have all but taken the will to live out of us and the brain cells were most certainly the first things to go LOL. THat’s the story I’m sticking with if I forget Kyrin.

  6. snpnmnmi says:

    My husband

  7. snpnmnmi says:

    Sorry about that! My fingers are all thumbs right now and I accidently somehow pressed the submit button.
    Anyway… My husband (this is where we left off) and I used to say “an heir and a spare” with the twins. hehehe
    Your dance video links are posted, m’dam. Love your pic of the violet. My Dad’s mom used to clip and grow them by the dozens! I don’t, sadly, have her knack with African violets. The kind out in the yard I’m a pro with, though! 😉

  8. mrs darling says:

    Glad youve found a rhythm of sorts! 🙂 We all have times like this!

  9. Patsy says:

    I just can not believe this! I can remember when you would not let those two girls even go out in the yard by them selves then they couldn’t walk to school by them selves. Now look what you are doing! This must be your version of the eagles nest. ie pulling the feathers and soft stuff out of the nest so it wouldn’t be so confortable and make it easier for the little ones to leave home! love mom

  10. Karina says:

    “emergency back-up child”…. l love it!

  11. Swampy says:

    theHansMan’s favorite phrase, “It’s not my fault. I didn’t know.”
    I remember the FIRST time I forgot my daughter. when she was in first grade. So does she. (She’s 32 now.)

  12. Kerith says:

    i love the back-up child. we have used that before in our conversations. i am very lucky to have 3 back-ups…ya know…for those really busy days!

  13. Jocelyn says:

    Well, I’M buying.

    I’m sure it’s ALL Shaun’s fault.

  14. Keshi says:

    emergency backup child?? 🙂


  15. Callista says:

    Lol you have a back-up, that’s funny!

  16. coffespaz says:

    “emergency back up child” = that’s hilarious!! I don’t know how you said it and kept from doubling over laughing yourself.

  17. Lisa's Chaos says:

    I love the “emergency back up kid” and wish I had thought of it when my kids were smaller and “forgot”!

  18. wolfbaby says:

    you could always try the line of if they didn’t have so much going on you wouldn’t go blank on wha tthey were doing every day:) not your fault!!!!

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