... Are you all married to my dad?
He tries so hard to be helpful, but usually ends up creating more work for my mum. Like the time he put all the dirty washing away... I have no idea how he even managed that. It was mostly shirts and t-shirts, but still, you think he'd notice.
Or the time he came this close
to donating all my childhood books - I'd packed them in boxes when I moved rooms, and for some reason or other they'd got put in the loft and never unpacked. Mum was clearing out and got them all down. She put them in the dining room for me to have a look through when I next visited - I'd long left home by then. Somehow Dad got it into his head they were for donating, and they got as far as his boot before Mum noticed. She read him the riot act over that one, which he responded to with his usual martyr act - 'How was I supposed to know they weren't for donating?' You didn't ask, you fool!
Mum's pretty much given up asking him to do any washing up, as she'll just have to redo it. And the tales of 'moving piles of stuff instead of actually putting them away' are very, very familiar.
My boyfriend's dad doesn't do any of that sort of stuff, fortunately. But I still wish he'd stop trying to 'help us out'. The current battle is over a hoover. He gave us our current one and sadly, it's useless. It always has been. The only part of it that works is the wand designed for corners, so hoovering my house takes forever, even with a reasonably sized head attachment. He bought it second hand from a house clearance auction, (which isn't in itself a bad thing, he's had some pretty nice furniture from them over the years) but it was sold as scrap, which probably explains why it's so awful. I don't think you're allowed to test electrical appliances before you buy them.
I made the mistake of mentioning that we were in the market for a new hoover, and he instantly offered to get one from a house clearance. This is very generous of him, make no mistake, and I am appreciative of the offer, but I just don't want a secondhand appliance, I want a new one. I don't want him to give us something else that doesn't work.
He has a tendency to 'insist' on helping us, to the point were it doesn't feel like help any more, it feels like he thinks we can't manage things on our own despite the fact we're well into our twenties. I appreciate that he cares, really I do, but I wish he wouldn't be quite so... enthusiastic in demonstrating it. There are many many examples, but you'll all think I'm ungrateful if I tell you about all of them, so I'll leave you with the hoover