"Brandy is the queen of the house and she lets everyone know it."
Queen of dirty laundry and making food for people to complain about? Queen of broken vacuums and cars with no gas? Queen of Plants vs. Zombies?
When she was staying with this sister, in Idaho, about a two years ago, we sent her $100 a week. When she moved back in last year, we only give her $20 a week. She complained to her sister about the wage cut.
Do you know how expensive it is to pay all the expenses for an adult?
Let's give her a little credit: She washes the dishes; occasionally folds laundry; watches my daughter while I run errands. By "watch my daughter," I mean "plays bejeweled and my daughter doesn't kill herself." But it's still helpfulish.
I recently was getting to the
The BEST thing I have learned from Dr. Laura is that we have two chances at the parent/child relationship. The first time, as a child, we have very little power or control in how it it goes. The second time, as the parent, we have a lot of power; it is completely possible to have a happy, loving parent/child relationship with your kids, IF you put forth the effort to make it so.
So, with Mother's Day on the way, and the bad taste it leaves in my mouth, is a card enough?
I say, "Yes."
In 30 years, when my kids are in the throes of adulthood, making whatever sacrifices, being busy, and hopefully not putting up with me living in their home, if they were to send me a simple, sentimental card on Mother's Day, that would be enough.
Honor your mother. That's the commandment, right? Honor her.