I am so frustrated. Everyday we get a comment, email or visit from our landlord reminding us that we have to pay for any damages that we cause to the apartment. EVERYDAY! We know we are doing our very best to take care of his apartment. This morning we got another email saying that our neighbor was complaining that we are leaving our trash in the hallway…untrue we take our trash to the basement everyday & have never left it in the hallway. Luckily our maid told us that our neighbor (in her words) is a crazy old lady who has nothing better to do that cuss & complain at everyone.
I don´t know what to do. Everytime my children are awake in the house they seem to run into something, all I can see are the scratches on the baseboards, the shutters that are now slightly bent, the lamp that they broke on day 2 (now ALL electronics, lamps, clocks are put away as high as possible). How do I explain to this man that we have had these children for less than 2wks & in our home we bought furniture that has already been dented so they can learn to take care of our house. In the beginning we were supposed to be in a larger apartment but we would not have been able to move in until August 12th & right before we were going to move he came over & started telling us all of the things that we were going to be charged for so we asked to stay so we will only be charged once. He said okay but seems to make a point to stop by personally at least 2-3x´s a week to remind us. A point to walk around the house telling me not to let my children eat messy (because the white cushioned dining room chairs are dirty), to keep the shower door open so it will dry (I have it closed because I am drying off my 2yr old who will try to climb back in if it is opened, I open it when they go to bed), telling me that I need to have better control of my children it is expected in Colombia.
We have to stay here for over a month still…I just feel so hopeless. I am so frustrated with our living situation, wondering how this is going to affect us financially the longer we are here & trying to allow my kids to play in our small apartment without any marks on anything. We looked into moving to a hotel but the price was nearly 2x´s as much & again we could have to pay for damages again. Oh friends what are we to do…crying at the computer, trying to accept this season that we are in. Knowing that we are powerless in every aspect of our situation.
We are going on our first outing tomorrow, at least we will be out of the house for a short while. Praying the kids stay well so we can be outside as much as possible so we do not ruin our apartment, but when I take the kids to the park everyday I am called a bad mom & told it is too cold & that the children need to stay inside…lose, lose, right?
Please pray, I cringe inside when this man shows up, I dread when I get an email, I despair when it is not hot outside. I love my kids. I do not love my situation. Sorry for no puppies & butterflies in this post, just a need for prayer & hope.
At the dinnermesa,