On Sunday night my household is going to change as there is a new person coming to live here for a while. My 16 year-old nephew is going to school in Adelaide and will be boarding with me.
This is partly why I’ve been busy having a garage sale and clearing a heap of stuff out the house – to make room in his room for him. My hallway is still full of crap but by the end of tomorrow night it will be mostly organised.
I hope I’m doing the right thing in having my nephew coming to live here. I can see the good points – walking the dog by myself in the morning, other occasional babysitting, another nearly adult to talk to, someone else to take the heat of JJ off me occasionally, just having another body around to help do physical stuff I can’t do by myself. I can also see the negatives – more hormones to deal with, more cooking and cleaning to do although I’ve made it pretty clear I won’t be his slave, not having my privacy as I’ve been used to since I stopped sharehousing.
Mum just asked me the other day if I’d bitten off more than I could chew. Perhaps I have but I’m pretty sure the good outweighs the bad and if it’s just too bad for whatever reasons then I’ll have to let his parents know to make other arrangements. I like to think that we can sort things out about him living here without having to involve his parents. I also think it will be good for our long term relationship. And it will be good practise for when JJ is that old, although I might have wiped things from my memory by then – a bit like childbirth.
So, overall I’m dubious but feel that it’s the right thing to do.
I guess it depends on how wild a teenager he is. I will tune in to see how it all turns out…
That will be pretty different for you Jen…but, it could be a very good experience. It’s a very nice gesture on your part for sure.