Breaking the Law

Have you ever broken the law? 

When I first read this prompt I was thinking “Um WordPress, really? No one is going to tell you about a law they have broken.” But then it just says to break a rule…which I guess is slightly different.

I have to admit, I’m not really one for rule breaking. For the most part, I like order and I like predictability. Although I will fudge the line a few times to have a better day, accommodate a cranky child, or just get something I want (hehe 😉 ). I really don’t believe in the sentiment that rules are there to be broken, but I do believe that rules can’t be set in stone either and that there needs to be at least a little bit of wiggle room.

Based on the fact that I can’t remember the last rule I broke, it probably means that I didn’t get burned for it. I guess you can say that I break one rule at work a lot. I’m allowed to have my phone on my person but I’m not suppose to be using it when I’m around the kids. Which is totally understandable. I don’t answer the phones at the house so the mom can always just call or text me, or me her. Like if I’m standing on the corner waiting for a school bus that is late and I still haven’t seen the kidlet I need to get from that bus. Or if I’m out with the kids, having the phone is a type of protection. I can take pictures of any injuries right away, or call for emergency services if I need them (one of the kidlets has some severe allergies so that’s important). I also told my parents that they can call my phone ONLY during emergencies when they know I’m at work. Texts are our usual form of communication, so if I get an actual phone call I know it’s serious.

On the other hand, when there is some downtime and all the kids are busy, or one is having a meltdown and I’m just chilling on the couch waiting for them to calm down enough to talk to me, or I’m in the house alone and have a little bit of free time (not enough to start a new project but not enough to just chill with a cup of tea) I’ll bring out the phone. I have a few games on it that I can play, or turn on my data to check messages.

Take yesterday, for example, the kidlets and I arrived at dinner. We ate (well 3/4 of the kidlets did, one decided that they weren’t going to eat what was provided and wait until they got home. Even after telling them it was either eat now or not at all, they chose not at all. Then when we got home decided to eat anyways but my shift was already finished and I was exhausted so thankfully I didn’t have to deal with it). So the kids ate and then went to watch TV with their grandmother and aunt. Usually, they are loud and rambunctous. But yesterday it was like they weren’t even there! It was SOOO quiet! I didn’t want to interrupt their quiet time so I just washed up dishes (since I was bored) and then played on my phone while I waited for the mom to arrive. So even though there is a rule that I can’t be on my phone at work, there is some wiggle room for times like that.

I guess that’s not really a big rule like the prompt is wanting, but that’s all I’ve got right now WordPress. All the other “big rules” I have broken have all been in my dreams so they don’t count haha.

January 20 Breaking the law Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best?

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