3 chauvinists and 2 parenting fails

11 Apr

I knew my day was off to a bad start when I spent the first half hour of the very early morning in the bathroom trying every parenting technique in the book to convince Yiannis to pee in the cup for his annual blood and urine examination. I think the I-will-slap-the-pee-out-of-you-if-I-have-to did the trick.

I then dragged his very hungry and thirsty little ass to the Social Security Organization to renew our family health book only to encounter Mr Chauvinist no 1 treating me as an imbecile for not understanding the 156th change in the renewal procedures.

After making us wait painfully for 25 minutes for no reason whatsoever, he practically threw the health-book in my face and told me that I had insufficient documents. It was 08:30 in the morning and I was already starting to lose my patience. I left frustrated and angry and remembered why I despise going to all Greek public social services.

While driving to the clinic for Yiannis’s  blood test Mr too-old-to-drive-let-alone-have-a-drivers-licence Chauvinist No 2 forced me to reverse my car when he misjudged the distance between our two cars and almost crashed into mine. He then slowly passed my car, lowered his window and started swearing at me for no apparent reason. Poor Yiannis heard more swear words in the one sentence the grandpa articulated than he has heard in his entire life.

The first tears of the day were shed.

A few minutes later I pulled myself together, entered the clinic with Yiannis, handed over the pee in the cup only to be told that he actually didn’t need a urine test. G R E A T. The whole parenting fail had been for nothing.

We returned home to cranky Iliana who was trying to deal with the lack of sleep and too much TV (fatal combination – I can reassure you). After inhaling a toast in milliseconds (have I ever told you I use food as comfort??) I played the referee between the siblings who were out to get one another and mainly THEIR MOM (or so I thought).

I tried to reason with them, it didn’t work. I tried yelling, it didn’t work either (it never does). I tried threatening that I would not take them with me to the local farmers market, it didn’t work either. In my last attempt to get their attention I turned into Cruella and started hitting the trash bin. Not only did it not work, I now have a semi broken trash bin.

We avoided each other for half an hour. It worked. I apologized and we hugged and then I tried explaining to them that I am not having one of the best days and they kept on saying: mama, es max nix! Oh but it did. I felt awful. I felt guilty. I decided to move on. I didn’t have the time or energy for self loathing. I left the house with the kids and went fruit and vegetable shopping.

In the late afternoon I kissed my kids goodbye, left them with my mother in law and headed to Yiannis’s school for a parent teacher meeting. I was tired and sad but I was thankful that I didn’t have to deal with bedtime as I was confident that I would commit the 3rd parenting fail of the day.

3 Minutes later I was pulled over by the traffic police.

‘License, registration & insurance’ were the orders of Mr Chauvinist no 3 (and worst of all). S H I T. The insurance paperwork had failed to reach our address on time (no surprise at all if one thinks of the lack of Greek postal efficiency) and although properly insured I was lacking the evidence to prove it. I tried explaining Mr Scumbag that and showed him the email of the insurance. Not only did I fail to convince him of my innocence I was ordered out of my car and threatened to be ripped off my licence plate & driver’s license should I not comply.

I approached cop no2, handed over my papers and tried hard NOT to completely lose the tiny amount of patience I had left. I was given 2 tickets. One was for 10 EURO for not carrying the insurance papers and the other one was for 500 EUROS for the lack of proving I do have an insurance. You see we still live in the Stone Age where police cars are NOT online with the system to double-check  the validity of the insurance. I now have to go to the post office, pay the 10 EURO, go to the police headquarters to prove the validity of the insurance and erase the 500 EURO ticket. WHAT the fuck FOR?

I love my country but not on days like this.

Until next time





22 Responses to “3 chauvinists and 2 parenting fails”

  1. ramblingsfromamum April 11, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Firstly why does Yiannis have to have an annual check like this?
    Secondly yes the Police system or should I say lack there of!
    We at least if get pulled over have a license check – but if we don;t have it on us we aren’t fined, we have 10 days to show up at any police station and show it. We do not have to show any insurance papers at all! How utterly bizarre!

    Lastly – my darling you did not have a good day. When you are stressed like this and the kids are cranky for their reasons or your own. If TV and bribery does not work, a firmer hand is required – time out – sit them in corners facing the wall or let them stand for one minute of each of their age. No talking nothing, then they must come and apologise for what they have done. IT WORKS trust me. 🙂 If you don’t wish to do this, perhaps ‘no Benny play time’ for 30 minutes?

    I feel your pain, you had a bloody shitty day 😦 and I can only hope it gets better.


    • wonderlandbytatu April 11, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      Yiannis has unfortunately inherited N.’s high cholesterol and has to have his check up once yearly at the Children’s hospital.
      Well the time out thing has never worked with Yiannis..I use it sparingly with Iliana and it works but when both are involved I usually withdraw myself from the situation (when it tends to get too heated).
      Anyway, today is a new day and I sure hope its an improved version. Thank you for caring xxx

  2. ioannis mavros April 11, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    “The government is the prisoner of the bureaucracy. We have 4,021 associations and 6,200 codes. You simply cannot change things. There are 600,000 tax elements. No one really knows who pays what.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mauldin-prisoner-of-the-bureaucracy-2013-1#ixzz2Q8Mrh6rE

  3. DoRo April 11, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I am so glad I do not have to deal with the bureaucratic bullshit of the Greek Public Sector anymore….here everyone is not only skilled and a professional BUT friendly and POLITE!!
    And the Greek “manges”, hopefully will meet the same fate of the dinosaurs!
    Kisses to you and yours!

    • wonderlandbytatu April 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      oh yes, I miss the German politeness every day here…Anyway no place (and no one) is perfect, we ll just have to stick with the good things! φιλάκια

      • DoRo April 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

        Yes, you have to make the best of what you have!! ❤

  4. lahacienda April 11, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Don’t take this as insensitivity, but I find that when someone is pissed off, they write the funniest stuff and this post is no exception! I did laugh with your misfortunes but it was a bitter laugh – bureaucracy here is mind numbing. You just had one-of-these-days. A big hug to make you feel better!

    • wonderlandbytatu April 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Ahhhh the power of a hug! Priceless!! by the way I am thrilled it made you smile (or even laugh), that to me is the BEAUTY of SHARING!

  5. Cheeni April 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go here

    to read the official rules of acceptance is alright if you can’t but either way i think your blog is great!

  6. sakuraandme April 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Oh crap! What a day. I hug you as you showed great restraint! See you when I get back…..Hugs Paula xxx

  7. memyselfandkids.com April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Uggh – what a day. Hope it is over early and not too painfully.

    • wonderlandbytatu April 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      yes, what a day! In a few days I will think back and laugh (well let’s not exaggerate, I will smile)

      • memyselfandkids.com April 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

        Or curse some more.

      • wonderlandbytatu April 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

        Guilty of cursing when angry…not in front of THE minors though

      • memyselfandkids.com April 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

        Never? You are better than me.
        Hey, where have your comments been?

      • wonderlandbytatu April 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

        Never, say never! that is one of the most significant things parenting has taught me! N. was out of town for the last few days and I was going crazy (see above), I lacked the time to comment on all. I do read every post you write though (and you have a big crowd of blogger friends who comment / I thought my absence wouldn’t be noticed)

      • memyselfandkids.com April 14, 2013 at 5:27 am #

        Of course its noticed. I’m a sensitive freak! Seriously, it’s just nice to hear from you.

  8. nothingbythebook April 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Yuck, yuck. Hug. At least it’s over…

  9. motherhoodisanart April 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Yikes! What an awful day! What are the chances of encountering 3 “lovely” men all in one day?!

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