Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's Confession Time

Dear Lord,

Remember two years ago, when we had our last visit from "the family"? How I said that I would try harder next time to be patient and kind, gracious and loving and understanding? How I promised to see them as beloved children of yours, and not be cranky, and not lose my temper, and not second-guess the parenting skills of the grown-ups or the behavior, attitude, or questionable amounts of respect shown by the children? How I swore not to compare the way their children acted to the way mine do? How I told myself I would NOT encourage my sweet children to offer their cousins a poke in the chops if they didn't keep their blessed hands to themselves? How I promised, in general, to be a better aunt, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, and relative?

Well, I must have been lying. Bring on the lightning and put me out of my misery already...



  1. My patience with certain family member is down to about nothing - especially those who are out of town and visit every year or so. I always think "I'll do better next time" and that never happens. I have to give myself "time outs" in order to keep myself from hitting someone. I usually say something "hurtful" and my mom gets mad at me, but she is usually mad at me anyone for one reason or another, so I'm not too worried about it.

  2. Yup. Been there. Glad to not be there at the moment.

    You've been added to my sidebar, by the way. Should have done it some time ago, but I'm a slug.

  3. Amen. And pass the collection plate.

    Just had issues with my brother/sis-in-law and their two youngest ones at the movies. I won't be making that same mistake again!