I have one more day to figure out my tax day resolutions. True, it’s self-imposed and I can go past the date with no repercussions, but I’d like to at least have some sort of rules in place. I did come up with one rule yesterday. I have to hammer out the details though. The general idea is that Lion should stand when I enter the room. We’re thinking it’s just good manners. I can’t expect him to follow it until I give him specifics. But I’m hung up on coming up with another rule by my deadline.
I was reviewing the rules that Lion has to follow at this point. I think he has more rules than he realizes:
Each work morning he has to email me before noon. I don’t think he’s ever missed, although he has come close a few times. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. If he’s stuck in a meeting or there is another type of emergency, he’s off the hook.
He has to remind me when it’s punishment day. He has forgotten that one a few times.
He has to be naked around the house except when people are coming over or he needs clothing for safety reasons. He’s been pretty good about this one. I think he only missed once in recent memory. In fact, sometimes he’s too good about it. He is allowed to wear a T shirt when he’s cold but he sometimes sees this as cheating.
If he drops food on himself he gets swats. This is to combat a messy Lion. He jokes that restaurants have to put newspaper on the floor when he comes in. And for a while we seemed to have the only table without a table cloth in a restaurant, as if they knew he’d just mess it up.
Lion is notorious for interrupting me so I instituted this rule to help break him of this habit. I let him get away with it too often still.
Just recently, I added the collar back into the dress code. He has forgotten a few times, but I have not been on the ball with this rule. He remembers before I do and self-reports.
And now the standing when I enter the room rule. When I get that hashed out it will become a real rule.
I’m not much of a stickler for good manners. I try to have good manners, but when among friends it’s easy to let things go. I was just thinking Lion should have to open doors for me, but I think that would annoy me more than anything. I can open my own damn door. So I am still on the hunt for that last rule before my deadline. [Lion — I open doors for her now, when she lets me. I went to boarding school so my manners are generally good. I did get out of the habit of standing when she comes in or when she gets up at the table. So, that rule makes sense to me.]