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Yes, Drill Sergeant, er, Nina! (Contest–2 Winners!)
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

My dd traveled to Virginia to visit her dad for ten days. She took the three girls. Yes, they brought their own food, wore masks, used hand sanitizer constantly, and yes, her dad has been very carefully self-isolating throughout the crisis, so I’m not worried about that.

She left me with the “the boys.” Her hubby and the sixteen-year-old son. Does the picture make better sense now?

Does this one help clarify? While Mom’s away…

No? Then let me explain.

I remember reading a book some time ago (I still think I have a copy somewhere) called Brain Sex. It describes the fundamental differences between a male brain that gets washes of testosterone (the first happening in the womb), which destroy certain connections between the left and right halves of men’s brains, and an undamaged female brain. Well, the author didn’t really say men are brain-damaged, but that was my conclusion. I’ve had years of observations to prove my theory.

Being the good mom she is, who runs her household with as much precision as she can with four children, nine dogs, five cats, etc., she sat the boys down before she left and explained the schedule of daily activities they had to complete for the upkeep of the home and animals.

So, why is it that since she left, I have to constantly follow them around like a deranged drill sergeant to ensure everything is being handled? Short of blasting a bullhorn in the morning to make sure everyone is up at a decent hour, I’m the timekeeper as well as the drill sergeant.

I mean, seriously, guys? How many times can you walk past a clothes basket filled with towels to be folded before you notice it and take it upstairs? Or to empty the dehumidifier with the red light you pass a dozen times before you go, “Oh! I better empty it!”

So, I have to keep a schedule with tick marks to make sure plants are watered, horses and goats are watered and fed, dogs are walked routinely, the floor is vacuumed,ย  the trash is taken out… I’m not getting a ton of writing done, which had been my hope.

So, my question is, Does this situation resemble your home situation? Do you believe, as I do, that men are brain-damaged and perhaps, incapable of remembering to get their dirty clothes into a hamper and delivered to the washing machine? Just askin’. ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 comments to “Yes, Drill Sergeant, er, Nina! (Contest–2 Winners!)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · August 4th, 2020 at 12:03 pm · Link

    My sister’s boys have chores, but always “forget” to do them without being told numerous times… I guess they would rather do other things, but for myself, I always have a mental list of what I need or plan to do…

  2. Pansy Petal
    · August 4th, 2020 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Um . . . I am divorced. I have kicked out every live in I have ever had. I currently live alone and am mostly okay with that. I do not like being a drill sergeant, nor do I enjoy constantly picking up after the male of the species. (Although my daughter was just as bad or worse. *sigh*) Forgive me for sounding anti-male. They do have their purposes. But I also have to admit, I am happier living alone. Sad maybe, but true.

  3. Jennifer Beyer
    · August 4th, 2020 at 12:41 pm · Link

    I worried my son might be but now that he’s living with roommates…..he sounds just like me complaining about how brain dead his roommate can be! I fall over laughing every time!

  4. Sheila Bonuso
    · August 4th, 2020 at 2:46 pm · Link

    I had four kids, two of each. One son and one daughter definitely needed the drill sergeant. The other son and daughter were the complete opposite. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Not sure what happened but basically they are mostly in the forties now and still kind of the same but they are in their own homes so win for me. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. bn100
    · August 4th, 2020 at 4:45 pm · Link

    no, but funny post

  6. Kim Ruiz
    · August 4th, 2020 at 6:34 pm · Link

    My house but girls.

  7. ButtonsMom2003
    · August 5th, 2020 at 2:24 am · Link

    Never had any kids to pick up after and hubby mostly picks up after his stuff. He cooks me breakfast and dinner so I can’t complain (or cook). ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Debra Guyette
    · August 5th, 2020 at 5:32 am · Link

    It does sound like my house and my daughter’s house. Amazing

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