Re: June 2013
posted at 6/13/2013 7:47 AM EDT
Ah, yes, Princess, be careful within whose earshot you say that, I speak from experience, knowing just what you mean. I grew up in a quiet small family, in a quiet household. When my son was commenting on a family member who seldom came to his family gatherings, I jokingly said, "Well, can you blame him? He probably feels overwhelmed by the group (wife's family). It gets so loud." The key phrase being "it" gets loud, not "they" get loud. He went back to his wife and said I understood why so and so didn't come to gatherings, her family was so loud. that's not what I meant, just that they are a gregarious group, which is nice, but in the confines of a house sometimes with them all talking at once, "it" gets loud. That little remark said half in jest caused hurt feelings on my DIL's part for years and I do mean years. She'd remark, "We may be loud, but we're there for each other." No amount of explaining did anything to erase the offense she had taken. We're just now getting past that as I make a conscious effort whenever appropriate to say within her earshot what a friendly congenial group they are. I do like them, they are nice people.
On another note, ladder is against the house, and siding on dormer is being taken off as I write. Need I point out to them that they told me they had checked and that there was flashing on that side? Asked them repeatedly and they said yes. Now they're checking for that. What's the point, it's a friendly relationship with them responding as soon as I call, and I'd rather keep it that way.
Off to have a second cup of coffee and maybe a piece of fruit, seeing I already had some coffee cake. I'll be around all morning at least while they're working, so hope there's some chatter.
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