Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Could you please not...

I recently discovered that I am not the only woman in the universe who has had an argument inside her head with Uppity Cricket, Jiminy Cricket’s annoying older sister.
More than once.
A lot more than once.

Me: Seriously Dude, I’m gonna bust. I gotta say something…
Uppity: No. It’s OK. Let it go.
Me: But this is, like, the fifty-squillionth time.
Uppity: All the more reason to let it go. You don’t want to sound like a nag.
Me: No. You’re right. I DON’T. But I’m about to…

What follows is an oft-repeated not-altogether-totally-unreasonable request like:
Please don’t wipe your hands on the couch.
Would you mind not leaving your surfboard in the hallway?
Could you please refrain from sitting on your sister’s head?

A few times a week, my neighbour and I walk our dogs the five-kilometre roundtrip to the main road.  Naturally, we chat.
Yes, I fully understand that unless we’re walking fast enough for our conversations to be little more than random grunts and huffing noises we’re not doing our hearts any good.

Or losing any of the weight you both piss and moan about.
Put a cork in it, Uppity.

Anyway, as I was saying before I so rudely interrupted myself, we were enjoying one of our walking/chatting/therapy sessions when my neighbour purged herself of some teen-induced incredulity by sharing with me her most recent ‘ Could you please not…’ conversation.

‘I couldn’t believe I had to say it,’ she bemoaned as her little fluffy-slipper dog daintily munched on a lump of wallaby poo. ‘ I hate being the policewoman. And I just knew I was going to get the eye-rolling response. But honestly… Where’s the common sense? I shouldn’t even have to mention it …Would you please not use the white silk cushion as the stable-table for your bowl of tomato soup? is a sentence that should never have to be uttered.’

I think she felt better just for having put it on external speaker to a sympathetic listener. 

I think my mentioning that I’d had to utter Would you mind not picking your nose and wiping the boogers on the dashboard of my car?  and Could you please not cut your toenails in the kitchen?  in the not-so-distant past helped pick up her mood a little too.

Screw you Uppity Cricket.


  1. Oh my god! There's so much I could add to this list, but the one from just now is, "Could you please not leave your dirty underpants on the kitchen counter."

  2. Definitely an altogether-not- totally- unreasonable request.

  3. The sentence usually doesn't need finishing in our house. 'Can you NOT!?'
    I didn't realise how often I said it until H started saying it too.

    1. Mini-me can be a total cow here sometimes too. Xx

  4. So familiar with all this from when we had teens at home. We're about to get 20somethings back who hopefully won't need any reminders

    1. For your sake, I hope they're well over it too. It's so reassuring to know that others understand my pain!

  5. funny funny post - now let me go think what I can add to the list...

    1. I was sort of hoping others could relate...

    2. ...and I'm glad I made you laugh

  6. I have just noticed that my comment hasn't shown up again! I can relate to this, and would add "can you not chuck your clothes all over the bedroom floor!"

  7. Laughing. And so glad no more teenagers in my house. On the other hand, I'm starting the "Can you please not..." routine with my little grandkiddies. :-)