It has been a tense week for the benefactor. The elder children seem to have made it their missions in life to make her own weepy and miserable, and she appears to be approaching her wit’s end. Many an argument has ensued over the elder children’s inability to take care of mundane tasks, such as garbage, dishes, and room maintenance. ‘Tis a neverending, infuriating battle, it seems. The elder male also found himself in greater peril when he decided to defy the benefactor and get a 'ride' home with a friend after his dance training, an adventure which took 90 minutes, despite the distance from the house to the studio of less than 5 miles. He has now lost the privilege of using his board with wheels attached that he rides for transportation for the next week. There is great concern if the two elder children will, indeed, reach the age of 17.
The younger children and the benefactor spent a great deal of time this past weekend utilizing the media box and learning about the magnificent wildlife that inhabits the earth, as well as about extremely dangerous creatures from South America that could easily cut your life short. It has been eye opening, enjoyable, and terrifying all at the same time. The younger female also cajoled the benefactor into making art using wax sticks and a book with preset designs. Much to her surprise, the benefactor found it oddly therapeutic, and hopes that it becomes a regular practice she and the younger female can indulge in.
There has been great battle over dinnertime in the household. The younger children protested at great length about the nutritious and delicious meals the benefactor provided. While the younger male pretended to try a bit, he then complained until the benefactor capitulated and provided him with tamales. On the other hand, the younger female took a very clever route and simply fell asleep, refusing to rouse for her nighttime repast.
Last night, the younger male hemmed and hawed at having to practice his musical instrument. Intentionally, to protest, he began to blow notes loudly and off key, and while it initially irritated the benefactor, she merely placed special speakers in her ears and listened to more appealing music until he calmed down. Eventually, he began to practice in earnest, and she was taken by how much progress he has made. After complimenting his artistry, the younger male treated the benefactor to an impromptu concert, which made her heart happy.
This morning, the benefactor took great pride in waking early to perform her calisthenics and have the younger children ready for a day of education. As they jovially left for the day into the crisp air, she discovered that the transportation vehicle had died overnight and would not awaken. While she did not panic, the benefactor required a few moments to herself to problem solve. She called for a company to come and assist with giving her a ‘jump’ while the younger children were more than delighted to sit and enjoy beloved tales about dragons on the media box. One and a half hours later, and they were finally able to get on their way. Although it was frustrating, the benefactor enjoyed the more languid morning pace, and having the opportunity to spend a bit of extra time with two of her favorite people in the entire universe.