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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Five calls so far

Since 3:40, which, for the record, was 51 minutes ago, Evan has called five times to ask:

1) Can I go to the library without my big brother accompanying me?
2) Why can't I go to the library without my big brother accompanying me?
3) Can we stay at the library for an hour or two even though my big brother has homework?
4) Can I stop at Owen's house and just stay there instead of coming straight home?
5) Can I eat supper at Owen's house?

1) No, always no, you KNOW this.
2) Because we are uncaring louts who want to stomp on all your fun.
3) No, always no, you KNOW this.
4) Owen lives NEXT DOOR, did you really have to waste prepaid minutes on the prepaid cell phone to call, instead of stopping at home for thirty seconds?
5) Ditto #4

I swear, if he calls for ONE MORE INANE REASON I will rip his dialing finger from his hand and feed it to the dog. :P

Borderline symptom of the day: annoyedannoyed

And you wonder why some species eat their young.

Your answers have me ready to pee myself laughing. Because I've thought the SAME THINGS before. LOL

*hugs and chocolate (and booze, if you want it)*

All of the above accepted GLADLY!

Kids. Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em!

Funny! Now I have to wonder what my DOG is thinking half the time.
But you better rip of BOTH dialing fingers just to be safe.

I'm missing somehting: what's the big evil in going to the library alone?

He's ten years old, and we've already had one run in with CPS last year. He stays within sight of the house if out on his own, just to play it safe. Also, his library behavior when unsupervised is questionable at best. He needs a big brother to ride herd on him and remind him not to shout in ecstasy every three seconds.

Questionable unsupervised behavior trumps all.

Can you give him benchmarks? like "when you are 11, you can {fitb, have the chance to show you are responsible}." i mean, how aware is he that he needs to modify his behavior pattern in order to earn independence?

Pretty aware, but so far no joy. He IS working on it, and the librarian is keeping me posted as well as to how he's doing.

The benchmark is:

When the librarian and your brother aren't reporting shouting from you on a steady basis (no more than once or twice per month!) then you will be ready to handle the library on your own, so long as you are also 12 years old so I don't have to fret that the town clown will report us to CPS for neglecting you by letting you wander four blocks from home on your own. But once you aren't shouting, they can walk you up and leave you there on your own until you call for them to come bring you home. Yes, we have to be THAT careful here.


Edited at 2009-01-08 06:31 am (UTC)