Over the past few days I have found myself in quite the pickle— not the exact way I imagined my (possibly) last free summer. A good family friend of mine, who I normally refer to as my cousin, because family goes beyond blood, has clearly been bored shitless and has been (for lack of a better word) needy.
Background info about said cousin (who I do love and enjoy spending time with, when not feeling the claws of impending servitude), from what I can infer, during the normal working months she lives a pretty boring life. She does have a job, however, I feel as though she has a lot of idle time on her hand causing her to engage in mind degrading activities like Farmville (full disclosure, I did partake in virtual farm work myself, but quickly saw the stupidity in investing so much of my life and time into a fake, virtual farm that creates no actual benefits). In addition, she also scrapbooks and I do occasionally help her because I find it fun, however, she sometimes scrapbooks simply because she wants to and not necessarily because she has some sort of purpose. So yeah, imagine that kind of boredom with one’s life and increase its magnitude several folds for the summer, and then again exponentially when you factor in how her few friends (she has a lot, but only retains a small circle that she cares to hang out with) are out of the country and I happen to be the only one home for the summer.
Again, I should emphasize that I do love spending time with her and appreciate everything she has done for me over the years, being the older sister I wished I had (to some extent). But, dammit she is annoying the shit out of me by focusing her attention on me and finding reasons to have me spend time with her. I can compare her behavior to the typical girls we all knew in high school who never did anything on their own and required an entourage of sorts just to accompany them to the restroom.
Where is all of this going? How the fuck do I tactfully inform her of my desire to not spend excessive amounts of time with her without hurting her feelings?
I feel as though the internet with its many (sometimes excessive) opinions and experiences should have a solution to my predicament.
tl;dr: I am starting to feel like my cousin is Paris Hilton and I’m her chihuahua that she insists on taking everywhere with her, and need a way to let Paris know I am no longer available to fill in the void of her boredom.