Next Up…..ChoreTube

Last evening I messaged the ex to ask him if I could have T this upcoming Thursday.
Did not mention that it was due to me taking him for his first shot.
I mean he is not overly thrilled despite giving me permission so I was not about to wave it in front of his face.
T was concerned about his dad asking him what we were doing.
I pawshawed him as if.
Well guess who was wrong?
Not T.
 
T: Mom dad just messaged me to ask what we were doing
Me: Just tell him…..no you know what buddy just tell him to message me.
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I was proud of me.
 
After dinner I was loading the dishes into the dishwasher when T wandered out looking for more food.
I explained to him yet again that when he was doing the dishes that meant that he was to also put the dishes that were in the sink into the dishwasher.
And he tells me again that he forgot.
 
Me: How could you forget?
T: Well I do.
Me: You do this every day. How is it that you could see an ad  for a video game coming out in 2022 and the day it releases you will remember but your daily chores seem to be an issue?
T (shrugging): Well I would be seeing ads about it all the time.
 
He walks off to his room.
 
When he was younger T wanted us to start a Youtube channel.
He figured that we could make a lot of money making videos.
We are hilarious was his thought surely the world would find us just as funny?
 
Me: Hey why don’t we do chore videos for The Youtube.
***I know it is not called that but it is so worth it for the looks
T (giving me that look): No mom. First it is not The Youtube it is just Youtube. And secondly no.
Me (giggling): Oh c’mon. When you were younger you wanted to have a Youtube channel with me.
T: Mom that was different. No one is going to watch you teach me to do chores.
Me (hanging onto the doorframe laughing): No? You don’t think that your friends would watch the channel?
T (voice dripping in sarcasm): Hey dude what does your friend do? He makes chore videos with his mom?
Me (tears forming as I am laughing): No? ChoreTube? You don’t think that that would be a hit?
T: Mom back away from the door.
 
Walked into the kitchen and stood there giggling.
 
And than the idea hit me.
What if we did create a platform called ChoreTube? Parents could subscribe and the kids had to watch and complete at least one chore a day.
And homework.
Once done they could have access to playing video games/watching t.v. etc.
I don’t quite know how it would work.
It is only in the beginning stages of development.
Also I have yet to get T on board.
I mean what teen wouldn’t want to acknowledge that their mom was the creator of ChoreTube and he was the inspiration?
It would work no?
 
©May 28/21
Picture is my own
Picture found via Pinterest

Naive I am

My weekend off.
What time do you think that I slept until?
How doe 5:15 a..m. without the alarm sound to you?
Because that is the time I woke up naturally.
Made my coffee and unloaded the dishwasher.
Put away the bigger items that had to be hand washed last night.
Poured my coffee and sat down on the couch.
My intent was to check the headlines and settle in to read blogs before starting the day.
That was at about 5:30.
An hour later and in need of another cup of coffee I finally put my phone down.
I read headlines and stories that are of interest to me.
I follow various stories from one writer to the next each with conflicting ideologies on the same subject.
Each one colored by the author’s own world view point.
One headline is detailing the horrors that the Palestinians are going through.
The next is decrying the deaths in Israel.
One headline that I almost missed and a story that showed me my own preconceived notions of people.
As I was scrolling I stopped to read the partial blurb on a story and underneath was the picture of the next story.
Just the picture.
She is a beautiful woman with long blonde hair.
And I thought ‘ugh another story about a beautiful woman leading a life no one else can attain to’.
Yup.
The second time I scrolled down I actually went to the headline.
Which lead me into the story.
The beautiful woman is Michelle Latimer.
An Indigenous Film Maker/Actress and Canadian.
I read the  article with growing outrage.
A) She does not look Indigenous.
-well hell my ex’s nephew who is 1/2 Indigenous takes after the ex’s family.
Blonde and blue eyed.
You would never look at this young man and think that he was Indigenous.
B) She has become very successful.
C) One of the reporters who dug into her called her a ‘pretendian’.
(C really has no bearing other than that it is an appalling designation to attack someone with)
First comes my own bias.
I saw a beautiful blonde woman and I thought it was another airhead fluff piece.
I am ashamed that that was my first thought.
That if I had not scrolled further down and seen the headline I never would have read the story attached to it.
So here I come and my world view of myself gets knocked over.
This beautiful successful Ingenious woman is being torn apart for her oral family histories.
Oral histories that are to be considered on equal footing as written histories.
In this article there is also reference to Kent Monkman.
He is a Canadian First Nations artist of Cree ancestry.
He is a member of the Fisher River band situated in Manitoba’s Interlake Region.
Ha he is from my own province and how ashamed am I that this is the first that I have heard of him.
His work has been seen in the Great Hall of the Met Museum of Art in New York.
And in an article written at that time he was accused of being trite.
Pandering.
I mean that is what I took out of it when I read what the author of the article had written.
I have never been a fan of the big named Canadian authors.
The few that have made it to the limelight and beyond.
Truth be told I cannot read what they have written.
Too literary?
Too pretentious?
I like a story that I can sink my teeth into.
And there are many a Canadian author out there that I have read and loved who are little known other than to their faithful readers.
All in all this morning has been an awakening of sorts for me.
The behaviour that I have been quick to point out in other countries that bothers me is happening right here in my own backyard.
The fact that I have been aware and yet still so ignorant on the matter.
The fact that I have my own set of biases which leads me to dismiss articles that are lead with pictures of beautiful women.
When did I begin to think that they would have nothing worthwhile to say or produce?
Quite an awakening on day 301 of being sober.
The article that I was reading was written by Jonathan Kay and posted on the nationalpost.com.
Jonathan Kay: The Cancellation of Michelle Latimer has become (another) disgrace to the CBC.
As well if you do a Google search of Michelle Latimer that is the first story that pops up.
My information regarding Kent Monkman was copied directly from the info blurb you get on the side when you google someone famous.
©May 15/21
Picture is my own