Thursday, January 13, 2011

Keeping a Straight Face

Sometimes it is hard to keep a straight face when Daughter is telling me something. Yesterday evening was one of those times. She was subdued yesterday, knowing that I was getting tired of her refusal to get up in the morning. She apologized for the morning and I informed her that she needed to show me she was sorry by changing her morning behavior-- I was getting tired of all the apologies.
So she came out of the bathroom and said, "Mom, I'm going to have to be hospitalized tonight."
I knew this was going to be good. "Why do you need to be hospitalized?"
"I'm getting pale."
It took all the will power I have, but I managed to be compassionate. When I didn't jump all over the pale problem, she added that she'd spent several minutes in the bathroom. I told her I was sorry she didn't feel well, but I didn't think it would be necessary to hospitalize her.
This morning she was up, showered and dressed by 5:20. We'll leave as soon as we can lock the building this afternoon. I may take her out to supper. Morning cooperation will be rewarded.

1 comment:

maeve said...

Miss K doesn't need to go to the hospital, she needs to move out now because afterall she's seventeen and should be able to make her own decisions. Of course the obvious place to move is to her mother's.

I told her that this is not an option because I'd probably go to jail if she tried to move in with the mother who has lost four children to the system.

I told her to write a plan, including letters from the adults who are willing to take her into their homes without any support. She has an assignment. She smiled when I gave it to her. No loud voices and reassurance that I love her and don't want her to leave yet.

Rescue Moms might be out there, but I doubt it.

Yikes! How did we get into this???