If your children are considerate, sharing, selfless, appreciative . . don’t tell me about it. Don’t even talk to me. Seriously, I know Chad is a good kid, probably most of the selfishness is a product of his raising. An only child, you know!
I’ve found some land that I really want. I think I want every piece of land I find that has more than 10 acres. I want it much more than Vince wants it. What’s wrong with that guy? Just because he pays the bills, has to keep up the house and land, has to worry about whether we could sell this house . . I do understand all that but I still want the land.
This is the only thing working in my favor. The house is . . well, CJ put it best. “It’s dozable” as in a bull dozer can take care of it in short order.
I think Vince sees it all as a money pit; Chad sees it as duck hunting heaven.
Here’s a conversation Chad and I had today. Don’t forget we’ve just paid tuition, room and board and books. A big chunk of change!
Chad: What did you decide?
Me: Nothing yet. Cindy mentioned that once we get our house built, we could maybe renovate the old house and use it for quilt retreats.
Chad: Oh, I’m pretty good at sheetrock work and I can lay tile (like I believe that!).
Then he said: I’m not saying I would do it for free. There would be a price involved if you want my help!
Me: What the heck? You wouldn’t just help us fix it up for free?
Chad: No! What do you think. And, I think during hunting season, you should rent it out as a hunting camp.
Me: A hunting camp? With my longarm and all my stash in there . . a hunting camp?
Chad: Oh, mom . . I think I may end up with a 4.0 this semester. A 3.8 at the very worst!
Me: Chad . . you’ve been to school 2 days. You say this at the beginning of every semester. I hope you do end up with a 4.0. You can but you have to study.
Chad: Yep, that’s my goal.
So, in one conversation, he tells me:
- He will help me but I have to pay him
- My beloved quilt studio will be a hunting camp during hunting season
- He’s going to have a 4.0 this semester