I am in a foul mood today. I don’t know why I just got up on the wrong side of the bed. I’m not mad at any one person but I want all of my children to stay the hell away from me today. I don’t want to talk to anyone, I don’t want to drive anyone anywhere, I don’t want to cook and I so badly do not want to empty the dishwasher.

Laundry I can skip. The laundry room is in the basement so I don’t have to look at the mounds of stinky clothing down there. The dishwasher indicator light is just mocking me. The dishwasher is clean and the dishes need to be removed and placed in the cabinets but I just don’t want to do it. I don’t want to ask anyone to do it either because I know that conversation will set me over the edge.

“Son, would you please empty the dishwasher?”

“Yes Mom, I’ll do it in a few minutes”

Which means I will have to repeat this conversation at least four more times if I want to the dishwasher emptied. That’s if I don’t want to go all ballistic on my son. I’m not sure I can stop that from happening today since I am already in such a bad mood. I’m ready for a fight at this point but I don’t want to talk to anyone. I can empty it myself but that will make me more crabby. My son doesn’t realize it but he has already lost. There is nothing he can do at this point. Had he noticed the little green light and emptied the dishwasher on his own we could have avoided this inevitable argument that we are destined to have. But since I am going to have to ask him to do it, and probably many times, he has lost the battle without even knowing it was on.

My kids should understand me by now. I don’t understand why they don’t. I don’t expect them to anticipate my moods but when they hear me snap at the dog first thing in the morning they ought to know that they better be on their best behavior. The dog and cat both know to keep clear, I don’t know why the kids can’t figure this out.

I don’t get in a bad mood all that often. Usually I’m pretty easy going and can stand to ask several times for a chore to get completed but not today. I want everyone to be able to read my mind today. I want someone to ask what they can do for me. They won’t but I want them to. In the absence of that I want them to get out of my way. And then stay out of my way.

This will pass, I will feel fine tomorrow I am sure but right now I want to be alone. And I want someone to empty the damn dishwasher.

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