2011年2月17日木曜日

Just call me rude and let me get back to sleep

Through ups and downs Meg and little H have made it almost a whole year of walking to school together.

They walk when it snows, they walk when it's icy, they walk when it's still dark in the morning and they walk when they need a drink bottle to get there as it's so hot.

But they don't walk in the rain.

Because it's a little mean to make a 6-7 year old walk nearly 4km in the rain before a full day of school?

Kind of.

Because they would definitely end up wet and sopping and squishing in their shoes before they even got half way?

Yes.

Because they seem to destroy an umbrella per trip and petrol costs vs umbrella costs it works out more economical to drive them?

Definitely.

So every rainy school morning little H's mum and I do the phone mail thing to organise a lift for them.

As far as I'm concerned that could be over in one single email exchange:

"Rain again. You took 'em last time, I'll take 'em today, ok?"

"Sure. See you at 7:30."

The end, right? And then I could sneak in the extra half hour bonus sleep I get if Meg doesn't need to be out the door at 6:45.

But nooooo, that's waaaay too easy.

Here's the actual email exchange from this morning. (Minus all the cute pictures, sorry.)

Time 05:46
From H's mum
To Heather
Subject (two umbrella marks)
Nice that it's not snow, huh?
I don't think it will stop before 6:45.... (worried face mark)

Time 05:53 (I type slow anyway but especially in the dark when I'm still half asleep)
From Heather
To H's mum
Subject Re:(two umbrella marks)
Ain't that the truth!
I'll drive them today.
See you at 7:30! (peace sign mark)

Time 05:57
From H's mum
To Heather
Subject Re Re:(two umbrella marks)
No. It's my turn. Really. (smiley face mark)
See you at 7:30!

I could have left it at that but H's mum has 2 year old twins and her husband is away on business and I had to head out anyway and my conscience wouldn't let me take advantage of her so...

Time 06:04
From Heather
To H's mum
Subject Re Re Re:(two umbrella marks)
No, you're on your own and I have to drive K to work today anyway as he left his car there yesterday so really it's no problem. (smiley face mark)
See you at 7:30 (peace sign mark)

Time 06:07
From H's mum
To Heather
Subject Re Re Re Re: (two umbrella marks)
Thank you. (bow mark)
Sorry for always inconveniencing you. (embarrassed face mark)
My husband is due back tonight and then it should be a bit easier...

Time 06:12
From Heather
To H's mum
Subject Re Re Re Re Re (two umbrella marks)
It's no inconvenience, really. (peace mark)
Hope you can relax a bit more when your DH gets home! (smiley face)

Phew...

But seriously? That was 26 minutes out of my extra half hour lie in gone doing ridiculously polite email volleys.

Grrrrrr....

I have this problem with email a lot. What I assume is a simple one question, one answer email exchange just goes on and on and on. Is that ok? Yes. Thank you. Your welcome. Aghhh! I don't want to be abrupt and rude but I text sooo slowly I just want to pick up the phone and get it over with!

I mean all that just to organise a lift to school? Next time just call me rude, stop emailing back and let me get back to sleep!








4 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

That's why I don't have a mobile!!!
A phonecall would have cost less, taken less time and then you could have gotten to sleep in!

Glad Meg didn't have to get wet though. Lovely mummies

Claire さんのコメント...

I'm always amazed at how fast the other mothers are able to type their emails, complete with varied emoticons. I'll take five or ten minutes laboriously composing a four-line email, press "Send," and 20 seconds later my phone is buzzing with their six-line answer. How do they do it???!!

Xana さんのコメント...

It makes me crazy. What a waste of time!
Yesterday my keitai broke and now I have a loaner. I can't figure out how to do the cutesy pictures and it has caused me no end of stress today. Without cutesy pictures to soften my terrible Japanese I know that I come across so terribly rude to all the other moms (including students' moms) who insist upon having these endless text exchanges with me.

It's funny, my husband is even slower than me. It is actually faster for him to dictate to me to type than to have him type it, despite the dictation going something like this for every word:

学校. Is that gakko or gakkou? GakkoU. With a little tsu? Yes, with a little tsu. This gakko? No gakkoU! Oh. This kanji? Wait, I can't see. Yes, that one. Ok, next word. Wait, what was the sentence again?

Which is to say, he is REALLY slow at typing on a phone.

thefukases さんのコメント...

achan- wow, you rebel you! I wonder what will happen if your kids' classes use the txt message alert system for stranger danger etc? I'd hold out for a personal phonecall rather than caving and joining the keitai drones!

Claire- Right??!! I asked my fastest replying friend how she does it one day and she showed me that her keitai is set up for two handed input. It's a completely different system based on the old pre-keitai pager days. SUPER fast though. Seriously.

Xana- your DH sounds like mine! I am the only person he texts and that's because I set up his phone with pre-sets so he can easily send me a 'I'm going to be home at 8:30/ 9:30/ 10:30" mails. Asking him to decipher emoticons for me is useless as he has never used them!