After weighing the pros and cons of creating a blog, I’ve decided to take my very own trip through the blogosphere. And thus, Mel’s Kvell is born (I had to add that “kvetch” part onto the title since anyone who knows me knows I tend to veer toward the negative). And sure, I blog all the time for my job. But posting sarcastic, one-sentence blurbs for silly videos I find online for work is a whole different ballgame than writing personal stuff about myself. So give me time with Mel’s Kvell as I try to find my voice and figure out just what I’d like the rest of the world to know about me and my observations 🙂
On the agenda: We have a cleaning person that comes about once a month (and before you judge us, consider that me and Matt are way over our heads when it comes to Windexing mirrors and degreasing the oven). Anyways, yesterday she comes over and brings her young daughter for the ride. I wasn’t sure if this girl was here to hang out or be put to work and clean any tight spaces, meant especially for a child’s tiny, yet hard-working, hands. It turns out it was the former, and I guess I had to become a babysitter while working from home. I programmed the television for her to watch (while I worked), offered her paper and colored pencils (while I worked), I even lent her my iPad (while I worked) but she lost interest very quickly since I don’t have many kidcentric apps. And as I worked, she found the exact project to curb her boredom: Archie. My poor pup became the target of a 5-year-old hellbent on dissecting and analyzing our golden retriever. Now I think this kid is adorable and we both share the same name, so I automatically a love fellow “Melanie,” but hells no will I let a random child pull my dog’s collar (i.e. choke Archie) and yank his tail. I don’t care how cute/innocent you are, that don’t fly on my watch. So after a very awkward exchange in my best Spanglish with her mother, Melanie Jr. was told I was “trabajando”ing and should leave me (and my pooch) alone. Luckily, a few minutes later I noticed she fell asleep on our couch while her mom finished vacuuming. Such a relief .. and I believe I speak for myself and Archie.
I guess this parenting/entertaining children business is hard work. And note: Buy some coloring books, stamp pads, stickers, popsicles and a Dora DVD for emergency drop-in visits from people under the age of 10. 🙂