An American woman attempts to raise 5 kids in Egypt while her husband works abroad for months at a time.
Never a dull moment. Oh...and she's doing it without
Friday, July 31, 2009
This New Jacket is the Perfect Fit!
So, it's 4 o'clock Friday afternoon and I'm STILL waiting for Hamo to finish eating lunch so that I can sit next to him and force him to study his Islamic Studies books for his re-take test scheduled for TOMORROW. He has the attention span of a fruit fly on crystal meth. I swear I'm losing it. Between fussing at Randa every 5 minutes to turn down the t.v., at Samiya to stop tattling non-stop, at Hamo to get back in his room to study, at Ismail to stop teasing Hamo to the point that he COMES out of his room to kill him, at the people upstairs who decided to start smashing their floors in with sledgehammers around 8 o'clock last night until 11:30 and then pick up up this morning with their annual dwarf-tossing and furniture juggling contests, I'm on the brink of sanity. I think I could've handled things a little better with his failing his final back in June had I not been blamed for it. I tried to reason with him and explain that he needs to take responsibility for his own shortcomings and how you only get out of things what you put into them, etc. Then I remembered he's 14 and all he hears is the WAH WAWAWAWAH sound of Charlie Brown's teacher's voice when I talk to him. So I went back to the old "Get your butt in your room and you're grounded from computer until after you pass your exam with an A," strategy. He's pissed off, of course. But you know, when isn't he? He's a teenager. He's ALWAYS pissed off. I think the real trick is going to be coming up with various errands to send Aiman and Ismail on today. If I can just keep them busy enough, then they won't fight or tease Hamo giving me just enough quiet to stuff this vocabulary and memory work into his thick little head. Don't get me wrong. He's not dumb and this really isn't that hard. He's just bored of school, lazy when it comes to study and blames me, the school, the curriculum, me again, global warming, (fill in the blank) for his shortcomings in this one subject. I'm praying that I can make it through the next 24 hours without killing, maiming, or seriously hurting the feelings of anyone I come across. Oh, and did you see the picture of my new jacket? It's just the right size, too!