Monday, July 17, 2006

Sibling Fortune Cookies

I talk on the phone with my brothers and sister all the time. At some point during these conversations they freely give out advice and tips and little nuggets of wisdom which I try to remember and write down. 9 out of 10 times, I forget. Some of the words of wisdom are classic and deserve to be put down here.

I was speaking with John the other day when he offered this advice.

"Bill, why do you got to write all that mushy, lovey dovey crap on your blog. Knock it off. Yeah, I know it was your anniversary and all and you were just being romantic, but do you know what being romantic leads to? Sex. And do you know what sex leads to? More Kids. You don't want to have any more kids. Believe me."

And this one,I know I heard before, but coming from John made it funny to me. He called me on the phone and this is the conversation.

Bill: Hello
John: Hey.
Bill: Yo. What's going on?
John: Nothing. What are you doing?
Bill: I am babysitting. Lauren went to the store so I have Max and Wyatt.
John: Yeah? Listen you smacked ass. It is NOT called babysitting if it is your own kids.


I know the first one may be too long to put into a fortune cookie but I know the second one will fit.

20 comments:

lawnwhisperer said...

Man, I'll tell ya, that John sounds like a really smart guy.

Sharpie said...

LOL!! John IS right, ya know ... thank GOD someone else says that too. Now, if only I could get someone to tell MY husband.....

Teri said...

That John sounds like a smart ass!

Although he's right, it is not babysitting when it's your own. Unless it's so RARE that you watch the kids by yourself.......then it would be babysitting and lame at the same time.

Carolyn said...

Yeah, I once heard (or read?) someone say..."it's not babysitting when it is your own kids, it's called PARENTING." And I must agree with John on that one.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, That John, he has some good ones. I believe he told me once that its not really drinking if its just beer out of your own fridge !!!

judypatooote said...

When I was first married and my kids were little, I remember ASKING my hubby if he minded if I went to Bunco......and his replay was I didn't get married to be a babysitter.....well dam that hurt, but I went anyway......and he did change his ways..... Things were so different back then, when the man was in charge.....well thought he was in charge lol

This generation couples share everything and I think that is wonderful.....no matter what you call it.....

Rude Cactus said...

I think you're onto something - real world fortune cookies! Copyright it!

Lowa said...

Men are interesting creatures. I am thinking especially of what judypatooote's hubby said about not getting married to be a babysitter!?!? HELLO!!?!? That reminds me of my husband.


It depends on the guy. My brothers sound like Bill here, they do their share and are romantic. But my husband is like my Dad's generation. He really did NOTHING. When our second son was almost a year old, I finally told him I was going to go out with a friend. He went out and did what he wanted all the time. It took me a long time to realise that I deserved the same. He WAS NOT HAPPY and sulked and acted like it was odd for me to want a break when I was with two toddlers for 24/7 and till that point had never had one hour away from them.

There is a four year age gap between our second and third sons because I told my husband I was not having anymore unless he started to help. Took him a while to figure out if he wanted any more bad enough to start pitching in!!!

He also called it babysitting. He learned not to! teehee He still forgets sometimes. Man, if that is what it is, then I need LOTS of money to pay me for homeschooling four kids for the past 13 years!!

The thing with Bill is, he really enjoys his children and DOES help Lauren and is a great Dad. He just made a mistake and used the incorrect word, is all:)

Suzanne said...

So true! My hubby calls it babysitting too. I just laugh :)

Mich said...

John is absolutely 100% right. However, he didn't have to be mean about it.

Jewl said...

OMG!! I have said the EXACT same thing to the hub!! You pay someone to babysit, you do not however consider it babysitting if donated your genes to the child.

Kami said...

He is so right! That makes me NUTS when guys "babysit" their own spawn. ;)

Mainline Mom said...

OMG cracking up at John.

eclectic said...

If you're babysitting, then you'll take $4/hour and go back to your own home when I return. Right?

Stacie said...

My words exactly!! I like John...does he have a blog? Is John aka the Lawn Whisperer? I think Williams Brother needs a blog too! Stacie

Cat said...

Hee.

That is all.

momo9 said...

The only reason that John doesn't want Bill to have more children is that would make Wyatt a middle child. Just look what that position in the family did to John. He obsesses over it, and it gives him an ornery side. His glass is half empty. Even when I try to make him feel important. I've done my best! My Hubby helped with everything. Changing diapers, getting up in the middle of the night, watching the kids so I could get out for a few hours, doing dishes, making a meal now and then.He was great! My boys had a good teacher. He is still great! That's why we had nine. It is a partnership all the way!

kalki said...

Personally, I think "Did you just toot?" would make a great fortune cookie message.

TBG said...

I also agree with John it is not babysitting when it is your own kids!

KristieD said...

i totally pick on my boyfriend for saying he is babysitting his own son. Its not babysitting when its yours!! You meen are so goofy.