We all have little bribes that we use to get the people we love to just do what we want them to do already for heaven’s sake.
Me to Ismael on New Year’s Eve: Come watch tv with me.
Me: Why are you so cranky??
Ismael: Because we’re broke.
Me: Well yes, but I didn’t ask for a steak dinner, a broadway play, and a babysitter. I asked you to watch tv with me. I guess we should just rend our garments and sit around in sack cloth and ashes.
Classic mistakes here. In asking for what I wanted, I didn’t offer anything he wanted. Clearly that would have been a financial incentive, however, it feels so wrong to throw your husband a twenty just to watch tv with you.
Me, instant messaging Ismael from another room: If you give Adam a bath, I will go clean his room.
::Cue the sound of water running::
Frankly, I knew that both had to be done and I simply didn’t have the energy left to do both. All of this being sick on vacation really drains a person, you know.
Adam can be a tougher nut to crack. He doesn’t want much, really. He’s content to throw toys all over the living room and steal cheese from the refrigerator at will. I have discovered his currency though:
I can get him to do any thing for a single saltine cracker. Pick up toys? Yes, mommy. Brush your teeth? Noooo problem.
I think I’ll stock up.