Retiring a Rule

If you’ve been following along with us, you probably remember Lion’s eye problems. He has very little vision in his left eye. Unfortunately, my side of the bed is on his left. Since we eat most of our meals in bed, he can’t really see if I’ve eaten or not. He’s eaten first a few times and when I catch him he says he can’t really see if I’ve eaten or not. For a while, if I’m not ready to eat when I see he is, I tell him he can start. The other day, I suggested doing away with the rule.

A few years ago we had a rule that Lion had to make breakfast on the weekends. That fell by the wayside when Lion had a surgery. He wasn’t able to make breakfast. He wasn’t able to do much. I would have been unfair of me to hold him to that rule when he wasn’t able to follow it. I feel the same way about the rule that he has to wait for me to eat. If he can’t follow it, it’s unfair.

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Lion was resistant at first. I’m not sure if he didn’t want to lose a rule or admit he couldn’t see well enough to follow it. The nail in the coffin, so to speak, came this morning when he ate first. I pointed it out and he acquiesced. However, he said he’d still try to follow it even if there was no threat of punishment. In the past when I’ve put the rules on hold for a surgery or illness, he tries to follow the rules even when they aren’t in effect. I appreciate that.

The problem now is that I have to come up with another rule just to even things out again. I was already having trouble coming up with a new rule. I guess I’ll have to put my thinking cap on.