Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Being Broke - Priceless

I need a job. I don't want a job but apparently I need one. I hate that. Money has been flying out of this house like we have it. It's like it has wings. Flap, flap, flap. Pay for camp, 2 kids and 1 chaperone $235, flap, flap, flap. Pay one of four payments for kindergarten, $225, flap, flap, flap. Paying for gas for the past two weeks $175, flap, flap. Doctors appointments, flap. Groceries, flap, flap, flap. Some flies in and somehow more of it flies out. This is the law of Johnson finances. Try to save it and it flies away. Give up and don't try to save it - it still flies away. Stop thinking about it - flies away. Hold on to it like a crochety old man- bye, bye, fly away money! It was good seeing you again for five minutes!!

Obviously I have issues. Money is just one of them. I really can't go into all of them right now. Not even one of them. Not enough time to get all that out. However Isaac has an issue today. Just one so far as it's only 9:30am. It appears he has a loose tooth. I was hoping he would be a late tooth loser as he is totally disgusted by his sisters loose teeth. Everytime they have lost a tooth we've had a discussion about how it won't happen to him for a long, long time, not to worry. He just turned five three weeks ago! How could this happen! I'd like to quote Eva at this time: "Not fair!!"

In other news, my neice Emma broke her arm falling backward while swinging on our swingset Saturday night. It was a bit traumatic but overall could have been much worse. She has a lovely green cast now - good color choice Em. Maya and Eva handled it pretty well with just a few tears from Eva mostly because Emma had to leave a little early. Isaac was upset about it all and asked if he had to go to school tomorrow. For some reason trauma always makes him think about school. We talked about going to kindergarten next year and then he asked in a tearful voice "will I always stay at this family?" Where does he get these ideas!? Then I thought of his sisters. There's going to be an interrogation later.

He takes after his sister Eva with the whole joy of school thing. When we had our little earthquake a couple weeks ago I thought well, this will be a great way to get Eva up and out of bed, some exciting news like an earthquake. It's not everyday you can wake her up with something other than "hey, get up, you have to go to school". So I went into her bedroom shook her a little bit and said "hey, Eva guess what? We had an earthquake this morning! Isn't that just so cool?" She replied with much hope in her voice "Is the school gone?" Ummm, well, no. She moaned and covered her head in her blankets. Wow. I'm going to have to obliterate the whole school so Eva can have a good day. I can't afford that right now.

And last but not least. I'm going camping. Actually the 4th graders are going camping and I'm chaperoning. But let's face it - it's all about me. We're going down to FlatRock camp in Shelbyville Wednesday to Friday. I've heard the kids love it. They've been doing this for several years at our school. But again, it's really about me isn't it? We'll be in cabins and there are showers and all meals are cooked for you. But in my mind it's still camping. Sleeping with 8 ten year old girls and hanging out with 90 4th graders. yippee. I'm not there yet. I have till 8:45am tomorrow morning to jump on this wagon mentally. Maya's already packed. She's probably packed for me as well. She's like that. Motivated, perfectionist. I keep telling her there's no room in this family for someone who's got it all together. But she persists. I'll be yelling at Eva to get her stuff together for the eleventh time around 10pm tonight. And even though she's thrilled about going to camp (and not being at school for THREE WHOLE DAYS) she'll argue and fart around and I'll give up and do it myself. And for some reason I have to remind them that they are two very different people?!! And that they shouldn't compare themselves with each other?!! This is feeling like a therapist moment... Flap, flap, flap.....


Tim Johnson said...

oh boy...not sure I should comment here...funny...I always get that feeling. girls are camping and Isaac and I are on our own...not sure which group will survive (ooo...just like survivor).

Philip said...

Flap, flap, flap....that's how I'm going to describe my money situation from now on.

Tim and Isaac together on their own?? Hasn't anyone seen the Simpsons episode where Marge leaves the men alone to fend for themselves!!!

Good luck you two!

Michelle said...

No I hadn't seen that episode. Sometimes you just have to go on faith.