Maybe, Maybe Not

While looking through my doodle folder last night, I found a few things that I had forgotten about. Aside from there being no money in dorky doodling, that’s kind of like finding a $20 bill in a coat from last winter, bonus!

I was in graph/charts mode a few weeks ago and drew up a bunch of them. I have no idea why I didn’t actually post any — especially since I’ve been short on time and haven’t posted as often as I like — but here we go. And, nope, I’m not gonna post them all at once. I’m gonna save some for a rainy day, which will probably be next week, unless I forget again. (And if y’all see me comment about not being able to think of anything to post or having time to come up with anything, remind me that I have these, okay?)

So, my kids are always asking for something. They want a snack, they want to watch TV, they want to go to Sports Connection tomorrow, they want to go to the park, they want to go buy toys, they want, they want, they want. Like any good parent who wants to delay the whining a straight up “No” will cause, I’ll usually answer, “Maybe,” as long as they aren’t asking for something completely ridiculous. (“Can I eat all the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms?” Uh, no. Oh wait, you’re going to your grandparents’ house today? Then knock yourself out, because payback is a bitch.)

As most of y’all know, anytime you answer “Maybe,” that means it’s usually not happening. I mean, sure, there’s a slight chance that I’ll hate myself enough the next day to willingly subject myself to the torture that is Chuck E. Cheese, but probably not. And being the procrastinator (and hater of headaches) that I am, I prefer to put off the “Aw man” and “Why not?” whines until later. The next day I can answer “Maybe” again, and we’ll keep that going until they either forget or realize it ain’t happening and stop asking. (Nine times out of ten, it’s usually the former.)

This is probably the part where a couple folks will skip to the end and tell me that they always tell their kids “No” and give an honest explanation or some crap because they’re parenting rock stars. In which case, I’d remind you that my kid gave me a coffee mug that said “(Mostly) Okayest Mom Ever” on it and move along.

Still here? Then here’s the doodle chart I promised.

See? There is a tiny sliver of hope in there.

What would you add to the pie chart? 

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

19 thoughts on “Maybe, Maybe Not”

  1. Yep, when I say “maybe,” I rarely mean it. I usually mean “I don’t want to hear you whine right now so I am delaying the whining until later.” Sometimes I am really lazy and I say “go ask your dad.” Then he can deal with the whining 🙂

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  2. So if MAYBE means maybe, what does maybe actually mean? I think it gives us a chance to make up our minds because we do not know if we want to say yes or no. I have found that most of my “maybes” actually did mean no, so why not just say NO? I guess the maybe should really be “I hope you do not ask me again so I do not have to say no? LOL, you decide.

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  3. Super chart. Hell no is common now. Hell no is a thing in teenager lives. “Hell no you may not ride in a car as the only girl with four boys.”
    Growing up, my mother’s Maybe meant yes, and her We’ll See meant no. I was about 12 when I worked that out. I asked if we could get ice cream (I haven’t changed much, eh?) and she said, “We’ll see.” I was all, “GREAT! No ice cream ever!” LOLOLOL
    I am the parent who says, knowing full well Daddy will not be okay with it, “I don’t have a problem with that. If it’s okay with Daddy, it’s a go.” Now and again, though, he’ll surprise me. Those times are THE WORST!

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      1. The sweetness is precious.

        Update: After, “See what Daddy thinks,” it is with (expected) great sadness that The Mister did not think it was fine for Sassy to get into a car with three men and a boy to see a football game. She got that Hell no, she did.

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