Today I cleaned my girls' room for the umpteenth time. They simply cannot seem to do it themselves (now I know this not to be true they are perfectly capable children who refuse to conform to my insidious standards).
But that is neither here nor there. Today I cleaned it. I spent hours picking up trash that was not mine, folding clothes that did not belong to me and vacuuming dust bunnies I did not create. I cleaned the girls' room; but not entirely. I'm giving them an after school chore list. A little treat to make their day.
You see Middle wants a cell phone. Like really bad. Like everybody else has one and how can I be so cruel as to not provide her with one of life's most basic necessities.
Only I don't see it that way. A cell phone is not a right it's a privilege; a privilege to be earned. And earn it she must. We've told her time and time again -- you can get a cell phone. All you have to do is clean your room and keep it clean for a month. One month. That's it.
Has she done that? Oh no. She doesn't understand why we would ask such a thing of her. Why do I care if her room is clean? It's her room after all.
Hmmm -- let's see. So she can find the clothes she owns but claims she doesn't have. So she can find her homework when it's due. So she can live a life void of salmonella and E. Coli and other duplicitous organisms. So she can exit the building in case of a fire or other emergency. The list goes on and on.
But the basic gist of the matter is a clean room is proof that she cares; that she respects herself and her material possessions. After all why in the world would I a) purchase a cell phone and b) sign up for a long term commitment for an object that is going to be tossed on the floor and stomped on? Or washed on accident? Or left behind in school cafeteria? Why indeed.
A cell phone is a privilege. One for those mature enough to handle the responsibility. And if said maturity never appears? Oh well. I grew up without a cell phone (and still don't have one today). I turned out okay.
Do you think me horrifically mean?