02 Nov
A Way to Remember

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

My husband has serious issues remembering to do most things. He often forgets to change our daughter’s diaper, flush the toilet, close cabinets, and pretty much everything else.   I try to just take it in stride because he has some other issues that he has to deal with. He is getting used to life after being wounded in the military.

Except he watched our niece one night and forgot to change her diaper. Needless to say, my sister and her boyfriend were furious. They yelled at me and said rude things about how my husband just neglects kids.

Is there any advice on how to help my husband remember –   short of covering the house in post-it notes? Any comebacks for my sister would be appreciated because her comments were completely uncalled for. I think she should have been happy he actually babysat her monster of a child.

Signed,

Forgetfulness Is On The Rise

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Dear Forgetfulness,

Let me get this straight:   Your husband has a war injury from serving his country while the rest of us were eating metaphorical bon bons and your sister has the nerve to whine about a diaper?   Off the top of my head, why not suggest a few creative craft projects that she can do with that poopy diaper, all in the privacy of her own home.   Some other suggestions would be to hire a babysitter and take anger management classes because if a soiled diaper gets them so enraged, then I can only imagine how they’ll react when I key her car.   What?

The good news is that your sister isn’t court mandated to let your husband watch her darling, so she can take her elsewhere.

But as for your husband.   What are the doctors sayings about his memory?   Because while some things, like leaving the cabinet door open, are merely inconvenient or annoying, others, like forgetting that the Haagen Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter is yours and not his, and not turning off the oven, can be downright dangerous.

Depending on the severity of his injuries, a doctor may be able to recommend some sort of rehabilitation program for your husband.   Which will hopefully boost his memory and improve his quality of life.   But whatever path you and your husband choose, you need to decrease your exposure to people, like your sister, who do not seem to appreciate his service.   Because that kind of self-centered behavior can’t be good for your blood pressure. It certainly isn’t for mine.

Good luck,

Marinka, TMH

6 Responses to “A Way to Remember”

11.02.09#1

Comment by Swistle.

Ooo, I do feel like giving the sister a brisk slap!

11.02.09#2

Comment by Sophie.

Marinka’s right.

11.02.09#3

Comment by GrandeMocha.

I think a poopy diaper hidden under your sister’s car seat would fix the problem. Or in the trunk.

Next time she calls and asks you to babysit, say you are too busy neglecting your own kids to neglect her kids.

11.02.09#4

Comment by Steph.

Marinka, you answered this perfectly. Shame on the sister.

11.02.09#5

Comment by L.

Amen, Marinka!

11.03.09#6

Comment by Katimae.

I wish I had more than two thumbs so I could give you TEN thumbs up!! You go girl!!

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