My wife was trying hard to contain herself, I could tell the urge to ask me all about my trip to seethe stable builders. Tamworth is where we have lived all our lives, my wife and I love it here. I was fighting the urge to tell them about my surprise, I’d bought my daughter a horse for her 16th birthday. The horse was being delivered the following week so I had to prepare our property. I know most little girls asks for a horse when they’re young but grow out of it eventually. My daughter has never wavered in her desire to own a pony.
My daughter had been suspicious all week, she kept looking at my wife and I like we were crazy, she could tell something was up. I tried to strike up a conversation with my kid about her day at school, but my over enthusiasm made everything all the more awkward. My wife turned to me and gave me a look that expressed her need to talk. I grabbed her hands and told her as quietly as I could that I had bought and horse and was making all the arrangements. My wife was overjoyed, she loved animals and was excited to see our addition to the family. I reminded my wife that we needed a custom barn, Tamworth was going to dry for the next week, perfect weather to put up the structure.
I told her about the stable that I had ordered and everything I could remember about it. She asked me what was going to happen next, I couldn’t help but smile at her. I told my wife that the stable builders would arrive in the next few days. I had already organised the exterior house painters, Melbourne wasn’t far away and we needed a team that could work fast. I wanted the barn to be painted bright red, like something out of an American television series. My daughter is rather partial to westerns, she’ll love the bright red paint job. I have high hopes for this project, I’m not taking any chances and hiring the most experienced painters Melbourne residents trust. Timing is going to be crucial if this barn is going to be built and painted in time. They would be coming by the house in a weeks time to have a look at the barn and take some measurements. Our biggest problem was going to be keeping it all a secret from my daughter. My wife set my mind at ease, pointing out that she was nearly sixteen and probably couldn’t care less about what was going on outside of her phone and computer. I couldn’t help but laugh and wrapped my arms around my wife.
It’s time to watch your daughter learn some valuable life lessons. Normally being strict isn’t your thing. Help your family understand their place in your world.
My girlfriend had just come home from the shopping centre, always a worry. She spent the past two hours walking window shopping and gossiping with her sister, oh and of course spending my money. When we moved in together a few weeks ago she thought it best we start a joint savings account. I had done a lot of saving, she had done a lot of spending. My girlfriend was very social, always out and about doing things. I was more of a sit at home type of guy, who loved soaking up a bit of pointless television on the couch. You could imagine my surprise when my girlfriend comes home with a new, incredibly gorgeous puppy.
My heart melted the minute I saw her. That didn’t stop me seeing all the negatives that could come from having a puppy in our new apartment. My first thought was of our newly cleaned carpet and upholstery. The week before I had gotten upholstery cleaning, Melbourne was a lot dustier than our previous suburb. I was concerned about our carpets, puppies are known to have accidents. We had a lot to think about, the potty training, everything in our home getting chewed to bits or destroyed. The fact is my girlfriend is hardly home, so I knew this gorgeous little puppy would end up being my responsibility. The puppy ran over to me and jumped straight on my lap. I couldn’t bare to say anything negative, so the only words that came out of my mouth were “Oh! He’s so cute!”, and with that we had new puppy.
Two weeks later I was not as enthusiastic about the puppy. There had been several arguments about the dog, my girlfriend was not doing her share. The carpets were now spotted with dark stains and all of our furniture had gone from looking pristine, to looking thoroughly second hand. I had been sitting in the house for the past two days while my girlfriend was away, and I couldn’t bare it any longer. I desperately needed the help of professional carpet cleaners, Melbourne puppy school is getting a call this week. There was no way I could stand living in a house that constantly smelt of dog. I needed professional help, I needed carpet cleaning! Is this dog going to be a problem for our relationship?
Keep the dog, leave the girl. Your future is bright and clear if you follow your own path.