So, let’s say you live an hour from the theater district. And let’s say you never saw much theater even when you lived and worked within walking distance. And let’s say that your kids would rather have a fish hook stuck in their eyes than sit through a broadway show.
Now, let’s say that a certain member of your family says to you, “I want to take your boys to see [insert broadway show here]. What do you think?”. And let’s say that you decide to be polite and say, “Oh, that might be nice. I will have to ask them if they want to go.”
And then let’s say said family member says: “I wonder how i will get the kids to the show, since you live in westchester now.”
What would you do? Would you offer to drive an hour into the city to bring the kids to a show that they don’t even care to see, and which you couldn’t care less if they ever see? Or would you say, “Yeah, no, I guess it won’t work out after all”?
Personally, I do not react well to indirectness, to manipulativeness or to gifts with strings attached. It reminds me of those time-share scammers who offer to comp your dinner if you just promise to show up at some sales presentation the next day, smack in the middle of your vacation. I would just as soon skip the free meal. Ya know?
I am sooooo annoyed. Not because i can’t let the offense go, but because a certain other family member is more than happy to jump to the task of driving the kids into the city, despite that he can’t be bothered/doesn’t have the time to do any of the household chores that I have now taken upon myself to do. And if you catch my drift, this certain other family member is pretty hard to avoid at home. Hence my inability to “let it go”, and my need to vent here.