In an effort to NOT throw formal learning out the window, I decide that today–I would make the most of our time together. I, for one, was not going to live another day without a shower. BigGuy had done his Biology lecture early. I was really not feeling the love for doing ANYthing today and I cannot say that I was upset when a friend decided to go to the pool despite the fact that there was seriously no way I was cut out to be at the pool. Leg grooming being second only to the only other thing that makes women dread going to the pool. Yeah.
So I finally mozy myself into the shower and holler for the children to bring the character building book and the “Science in Ancient Egypt” book because BigGuy was gonna read aloud for us.
Except that I can seriously hear NOTHING in the shower.
Well, notsomuch #fail because really, it was comical. I mean, BigGuy didn’t see the immediate humor and I wasn’t laughing; but in retrospect, it was pretty comical.
We did, in fact, do our “helpfulness” lesson for the day and we did actually learn stuff about science in ancient egypt.
The afternoon was spent at the park followed by BigGuy’s relentless nagging to do his Mod Design coursework. And it just spiraled into a really bad night for everyone. I was REALLY sick from something bothering my stomach. BigGuy couldn’t handle the fact that he’d lost all access to all screens (this happened on Monday, I think) for the week and decided that my extended use of the bathroom was a good time to deliver–under the door–a sign stating that Papa and I were not allowed in his room and then a picture on the reverse side of Husbeau and I torturing BOTH kids. Honestly, I’m kind of touched that he feels like his little sister and he are “in this together” since he never seems to see anyone being on his side. #win
I was less than thrilled at his chosen delivery time. I calmly brought it to his room and put it on the bed and said “Is this really what COULD NOT wait until I was done being sick?” and I walked away. Well, in retrospect, BigGuy was crying out in pain and I was not comforting him. So, not surprisingly, BigGuy started to “run away” from home. Oh, and to add insult to injury: on his way out of the yard (barefoot, btw) he told his little sister that he was leaving. That would be the little sister who is STILL reeling from the pain of being given up/left at the hospital by her birthmother.
All that to say that doing read alouds in the shower are probably not your best bet.