Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What a Day!

We're back from our trip to grandma's! We had a very nice time, we did a lot of fun things, but I have to say it's nice to be home again, too.

At least, it was. Until this morning, when I tried to leave the house to go to the home of my tutoring students. My car didn't want to start. After a few tries, it started up just fine. Then I started driving and realized that my brakes are in pretty bad condition. I hadn't realized it before, but after a week of driving around a rental car, a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, I can now tell that my brakes are pretty much non-responsive. Not wanting to drive across town in a car that might not start up again and in which the brakes might decide to fail, I called the mother of the child I tutor.

"Can you bring your kids over here today for their tutoring session?"

"OK, but I can't do it now. I'll call you later. Will you be free this afternoon?"


"Great. I'll call you when I get back from my errands and we'll schedule a time."

Shortly after this conversation, Lance decides to go down for a nap. I decide to take a snooze, too, since I'm exhausted after all the travel. My phone rings while I'm sleeping. I don't answer it because I know Lance won't sleep very much longer and I will call the person back then. I close my eyes and drift back to sleep.

15 minutes later, a knock at my door. Bleary-eyed and fuzzy-tongued, I answer the door. It's my students and their mother.

"I called you and left you a message to tell you we were coming!"

"I was sleeping. I haven't checked my messages yet."

"I'm so sorry! Should we skip it?"

"No, come on in."

Her 4-year old bounds into the house screaming and yelling, and wakes up Lance. Grr.

While I am busy with her 8-year old, I have Lance eating his lunch in his high chair. Because he's all confused and doesn't know what's going on and I am in the other room, he starts fussing and squirming in his seat. The mother of my students thinks he must not be hungry, so she takes Lance out of his high chair, and...

She lets her 4-year old eat Lance's lunch!!!!!!

Can you believe it?

She could have asked me if her son could have a snack; after all, she saw me get out the huge container of goldfish crackers. We would have been happy to share. But no, she just gives her child Lance's lunch. Additionally, when we go to their house for the tutoring session, she doesn't so much as offer me or Lance a drink of water, so why should it be acceptable for her child to eat my son's lunch when she's at my house??!!

I managed to get through the tutoring session without anyone getting hurt. The 8-year old wouldn't keep her focus and only got through two worksheets when I had planned for her to do 3 math pages and 2 handwriting pages, in addition to going through her multiplication tables, which we are usually able to do in our hour-long session. So she got homework. Chuckle Chuckle Snicker.

Lance is sleeping again. I still have to unpack, make a grocery shopping list for this evening, make arrangements to get my car fixed, apply for a student loan for next semester, and find an oral surgeon to remove my wisdom teeth.

That's a lot to do in a short naptime.

Have a great day!


Damselfly said...

Oh my goodness! Not the best way to start your first full day home. I know Fly has picked at Lance's food, but I couldn't imagine just handing Fly Lance's lunch!

Awesome Mom said...

If it had been my kid I totally would have asked. Some people just have no manners. I also hate it when I tell my kids not to do something and then someone is all "It is ok I don't mind" Well I am trying to teach them manners and that kind of undermines my authority.

Susan said...

I am constantly amazed at what some people think is totally acceptable. I mean she was a GUEST in your home. Sheez! Hope you got through your "to-do" list OK.

Have a great night!

:-) Susan

Haley said...

Wow, talk about a rude guest!!! Sorry to hear about this.

Hope you were able to get everything done...and trust me I know all about the wanting a few extra minutes of personal nap time, I'm forever trying to do this myself!

Anne/kq said...

Good grief. Some people are so rude.

It's one thing to let a kid eat a sibling's food. But if it's someone else's kid, you'd think she'd have the common courtesy to ask. Duh. That's, like, a no-brainer.

Darlene said...

That's so bizarre. What a day! I'm eating goldfish right now!

Erin said...

Oh, wow! When I worked retail, we used to call people like her Entitlement B*tches, and she definitely fits the bill. How unbelievably rude. It's one thing her four year old, but to just start feeding him Lance's food? Unbelievable! And she sounds like she doesn't value your time at all, which is something I've come across with all the parents of kids I've tutored. Wonder why that is??

the dragonfly said...

What was that woman thinking??!?

Hang in there..

Mamacita Tina said...

Yikes, some people are completely clueless.

Your to do list is, um, terrible! Apply for student loan, fix car and have wisdom teeth pulled - AH!