Friday, February 25, 2011

Can We Say "ARGH!!!"

Frustration comes in many forms.

One frustration, people who adopt kittens and haven't thought it out well.

Ashfur is back with us because the nice young lady didn't think it out well. It didn't occur to her that a kitten that is used to having litter mates and other kittens and lots of people to play with would lean totally on her for attention, since she lives alone and has no other pets. She should have adopted two together, but didn't like that idea. She did donate all the stuff she had bought, and her adoption fee is now a donation, too, but still. Kittens are babies and need attention and someone to play with. If you live alone, and have no other pets, that means you're elected.

Another frustration, people who think their young children are welcome when they have been told they are not.

This one comes from church, of all places. Yes, children are welcome at church. Yes, i'm willing to listen to the sermon while your child babbles next to me, i'm a mom, i can ignore it. Yes, i'm willing to be in the nursery so you can sit in the service, and i'll get a cd or watch the YouTube video Dave so kindly posts the next day.

When we are having a children's event for kids 4 years through 5th grade, and you are told that your just turned 3-year-old may not attend because she is too young, and you bring her anyway, however, that child is not welcome.

When you also bring the baby, after you were told there would be no nursery provided and to let her father take care of her for once, that child is not welcome, either.

When you expect other people to clean up after the 3 year old,
expect others to keep her entertained when she becomes bored (as you were told would happen),
let her make messes and don't clean up after her,
expect someone else to take care of the younger baby,
come late with needed equipment and make everyone else late, too,
decide you don't want to do your portion of the event the way you were told and hide the supplies and lie so you won't have to do the things you don't want to do,
buy extra supplies you were told not to buy because they weren't in the budget and leave the Sunday School pastor to take the fall for going over budget,
and let your 3-year-old break her items and keep giving her more even though some other kids didn't get one at all,
Your Child Is Not Welcome!

Should kids come to church? Yes. Should there be times and places that are for adults, or even just older kids, where young children are not welcome? Yes. Should you be offended by that? No.

End frustrated rant.

Today is:

Dance of the Secret Places -- Fairy Calendar

Februaristaking -- Netherlands (commemoration of a strike against the Nazis)

Goa -- Iceland

Kitano Baika-sai (Plum Blossom Festival) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

National Chili Day

National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day

National Day -- Kuwait

People's Revolution Day/People Power Day -- Philippines

Pistol Patent Day

Revolution Day -- Suriname

St. Tarrasius' Day

St. Walburga's Day

Soviet Occupation Day -- Georgia

Quiet Day (Can't find the history behind this one, but mommy wants one!)

Birthdays Today:

Sean Astin, 1971
Carrot Top, 1965
Lee Evans, 1964
Ric Flair, 1949
George Harrison, 1943
Tom Courtenay, 1937
Bob Schieffer, 1937
Sally Jessy Raphael, 1935
Bobby Riggs, 1918
Anthony Burgess, 1917
Jim Backus, 1913
Adelle Davis, 1904
Zeppo Marx, 1901
Meher Baba, 1894
Enrico Caruso, 1873
Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841
Xuande, Emperor of China, 1398

Today in History:

The First Bank of the United States is chartered, 1791
The German Midiatisation is enacted, taking over 1,000 German sovereign states into about 40 larger entities, 1803
Samuel Colt patents the first revolving barrel multishot firearm, 1836
The first US electric printing press is patented by Thomas Davenport, 1837
Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress, 1870
The US Steel Corp. is organized under J P Morgan, 1901
The Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games, 1904
Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, 1912
Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax, 1919
Diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union are established, 1925
Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) is established in Alaska, 1925
Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain, 1926
Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission, 1928
The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier, 1933
In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis, 1941
The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1951
Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston, 1964
The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online, 1971
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president, 1986


  1. I feel sorry for the 3 year old... growing up to think that kind of behavior is okay.

  2. It has always been my belief that the only thing wrong with children are their parents/guardians. You are right on the money, Mimi. Some adults (and I use that term loosely here) do not have a d--n clue. Not every adult is cut out to be a parent. But, yet, they believe they are somehow "entitled" to bring another human into this world without any idea of how to raise it and then wreak havoc upon other humans with their ineptitude. Rant over...for now. ;-)

  3. Merry, you are right. The mother and grandmother are just alike, and are raising the children the same way.

    PonyGirl, children have to be raised, not left to run amok. Thanks for ranting with me.

  4. Well, it sounds like that "parent" has a lot of growing up to do. If she wasn't prepared to do her part, she should not have indicated she would take part. Yes, it is sometimes uncomfortable to be the one who says "no, thank you, but I cannot participate," but it keeps one from being THAT person. I am sorry you had to deal with it.

    But, it's over now, thank goodness!

    I'm sorry that the kitten adoption didn't work out, but I'm glad that the woman donated everything to the shelter. Maybe she should consider an older animal? I am sure it was suggested to her, though. Some older cats seem to be quite content with their own company, and aren't as needy as the little ones are. If we ever live somewhere that allows pets, I plan to adopt older ones.

    As always, thanks for letting us follow along as you navigate your full and complex life!

  5. Agreed, Jokamo. About the parenting and the adopting older kittens.


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