People often ask Kee and I if it is awkward living with our friend. Or they ask, "So how's the month going there?" I have to say that our answer may be different than Uncle's. Truth be told, we don't get to see much of our friend. We may see him for fifteen minutes in the mornings before work and then an evening a week or so. It's no secret, I think he's avoiding us!
Actually, he says that he'll get home around 10:00 in the evening and is shocked when we are all in bed. Believe me, if both my kids are sleeping then I try to be too! It has gotten to the point that Uncle and his girlfriend "T" have to schedule times to come visit with us and the kids to avoid our strict bedtimes.
My kids love playing and rough-housing with Uncle and T. Twiggy especially has taken a liking to T and will overwhelmingly be glued to her side from the minute she walks in the door until we have to peel her off of T at bedtime.
This is what a typical visit with my kids looks like:
Uncle and T will greet both Twiggy and Z. Twiggy will not even say hello but instead will immediately ask, "Hey T, want to play Duck, Duck, Goose?" (Tell me what adult likes to play this game?) T will always graciously comply. Twiggy will tell her where to sit and who to tag. Next will be a game of I Spy, then maybe a few coloring pages at all the adults request for a respite of peace. And then usually Twiggy wants to play Duck, Duck, Goose again. Poor T!
One evening I think Kee was feeling a bit guilty at how bossy our daughter was being, so he tried to play with her to give T a break. Kee and Twiggy romped and rolled on the carpet the way that only daddies can play. Squeals and laughter filled the room. Z tried climbing on top of the moving pile. We thought we found a solution that would maybe give T a chance to actually sit on the couch and breathe for a minute.
As Twiggy rolls over Kee she yells, "T! T! Come wrastle this guy!"
T couldn't answer because she was laughing.
Twiggy coaxes,"Come on...come touch him!"
I think T's better judgement told her that if she participated in this wrestling match there would be some awkward lunches at work the next week, so she refrained from "putting the smack down" on my husband (her words :) ))
That evening as T gathered her things so Uncle could drive her home, Kee told both of them, "Thanks for coming over. Come back soon!" I'm sure Uncle appreciates those little comments, like we own the place.
Surprisingly they keep coming back! Uncle did say that he and T now realize why Kee and I are exhausted and are in bed by 10 every night!