…in my family.
Mom just asked me to move a couch into the rental property, in the car, on the way home from the nursing appointment.
My immediate reply is “no” because I am sore all over my shoulders and back.
Then I start building up my arsenal of additional excuses not to help: poor old dad, parents are comfortable enough to hire people to do physical labor; I am not moving in; I am not making anything from this venture.
I am not making up excuses, I am being honest. Seems harsh, but I believe direct honesty is much more efficient.
So far there have been no repercussions, but I know better. One day it will come back to bite me. I can hear it now…”I don’t know why he is the way he is, we give him rides to all his doctor’s appointments and he can’t help us move a couch!” Actually, this serves as an excellent reminder to find out about patient transportation from my healthcare network.