I've mentioned here and there that it's only me and my younger brother here, and that he started working and earning his own money few months back. I also mentioned that he only shows up to sleep/days off from work. Of course, being a financial nerd that I am, I lectured him about the importance of saving and investing and all that finance stuff. I wanted him to contribute, he volunteered that he will regularly send money to my Mama in Albay ( Php 1,000 every month.) I was happy about that. Last month, I required him to buy rice as a form of contribution in our own house (I don't eat rice if he isn't around, so I thought that it'll be a good idea to ask for something he regularly uses/eats.) And so he bought 10 kilos of rice few weeks back ( that'll probably last us 2 months.) For me, it wasn't really a necessity that he should be shouldering the rice, I just want him to contribute- something I could taste once in a while. Besides, I shoulder all the household bills, and he only spends Php 1,200 for his "responsibility"(mama's monthly stipend and the rice) out of his Php 12,000 monthly salary.
When he started contributing, I noticed him not doing household chores. Like every time I let him do something, he gives me this I-don't-want-to-do-that look. I cut him slack here and there, telling myself that he is young and that attitude will pass, blah blah blah. Look, I get that he is tired from work, but since he is living in this house, he should do household chores, I think. He can't just go home, sleep, play Clash of Clans and leave and expect me to pick up after him. NO FREAKIN' WAY!
Yesterday, I asked him to collect the sand and put it in front of the house since the Home Owner's Association asked me to clear it all out coz they are going to put up playground soon. Aba, dinabugan ba naman ako! My blood started to rise and told him: "So, you just make this house some kind of a rest house? You are living in this house, not renting so I expect you to do household chores! Heck, I don't even let you wash the dishes and now you are giving me that shit?!" Of course, it was all in bisaya. He continued to talk back and told him: " Fine, if you don't like household chores in this house, then you are free to leave. Let's see if you can make it out there. I can survive without your rice contribution, you know? And if you don't stop talking back, pick up all your things and leave. NOW!" He shut up, went out and started shoveling the sand.
I meant to put his entitlement drama to ashes and I hope I did.
Am I being too harsh on my younger brother?