Me - "Please be helpful when possible or if you are asked. Whatever Irma's job is, you help her if you can."
B3 - "I will. I always do what you ask me to do."
Me - "Yes you do. However, there are times where I have to ask more than once."
B3 - "So. I still do them."
Me - "Yes you do. I would imagine that the jobs in Irma's house are such that if they aren't done when expected that it may have a direct effect in how the family functions meaning that others are depending on them to be responsible."
Lawman and I were pretty sure that this little trip would be a real eye-opener for her.
Sure enough. We were right.
B3 returned home last night. I asked how things went.
B3 - "You wouldn't believe all the things that those kids have to do."
Me - "Really. Tell me. Is it more than what we ask of you at home?"
B3 - "Yeah." (Wish I could get her voice inflection here.) " Lizzy has to cook breakfast for everyone and it's not a bowl of cereal and toast. It's baked goods and things that require cooking."
Me - "Really. So would you like to do that at our house?" (I'm thinking to myself, "Wow. I'm not sure that I'd want that responsibility.")
B3 - "NO."
She went on to share a few other details about her stay and I politely listened. I didn't ask too many questions as sometimes that backfires and I don't get near the amount of information I'd like.
After dinner I was sorting some paperwork in the kitchen and B3 asked if I had a cookbook of just breakfast foods. I don't have such a cookbook but I found a couple that had a nice selection of baked goods and breakfast style dishes for her to look at. (My thoughts were, "Hmm. Wonder what this is about?")
After she'd spent some time thoroughly reading through them she asked me if I had several of the ingredients in the pantry. If I didn't have something that was called for, she'd keep reading recipes, find another one that interested her and ask again. After about 30 minutes she announced that she'd be doing some baking this weekend. She'd like to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Breakfast Cookies. OK by me, great idea!
Yep. It was a good trip.