This is our regular weekend to have easy child 2; we normally pick her up on Friday for a week. Months ago, we made arrangements with her mother (aka 1broom) to not pick her up until Monday this weekend. This weekend is our adults-only outing, the one weekend a year that we don't have any kids. *** We also made arrangements for easy child 2 to go on vacation with us later in the summer; she will be with us for 2 weekends then. *** 1broom worked it out with us, but I am supposed to "send reminders, cause she'll probably forget". *** So, in addition to making arrangments to be gone, I have a note in my planner to remind 1broom. I just sent the reminder, and while I'm doing it, I'm am thinking about all the effort that goes into us getting rid of 1 child for 4 days. I have to coordinate with my mom and ex-mother in law to keep wee difficult child; ex-mother in law is also keeping wee difficult child's horse (she's fed several times a day); someone to come do other chores; easy child 1 to lock up the house and turn the thermostat up before he leaves for the weekend, etc. *** And I am thinking, "how does she remember NOT to plan one of her adult only trips on this weekend?" Oh that's right, she just dumps easy child and everything else on her mom when she doesn't want her....silly me. *** And 1broom is without children every other weekend all year long, anyway. *** Why it is my job to remind this woman that her child will be with her this weekend is beyond me. I did it, but man...41 years old and not taking care of your own....talk about your difficult child's.... *** She doesn't even take care of her own pets. And oh yeah, did I mention she's laid off again for the summer???