Thanks everyone, here is the letter I wrote him. I put it on his computer downstairs so he will see it when he gets home later today. Suggestions on the letter? Please know that we love him, he has been a very close friend for over 20 years and that makes this harder.
Now that you are back(yeah!) we need to let you know how we are feeling about your staying here, how it is working and what’s not working. We absolutely love having you here! But there needs to be some changes or this is not going to work much longer.
First thing is that we need to have payment of 100.00 every Friday. If you want to buy all your own food for dinners and only pay us 50.00 that is fine however it needs to be consistent every week. So unless you tell us otherwise I am going to expect you to indulge in my fine gourmet cooking. It is too difficult and a pain in the rear end to try and remember when you ate here and when you didn’t.
We need to get paid before absolutely anything else of yours gets paid, anything. If your dog can’t have beef stew for supper or expensive dog food then you can tell her it’s my fault and let her loose on me. If you need a hair cut it waits or you trust me with hair clippers. If you don’t have gas to get to work you can borrow it from someone else or sell your body.
If come Friday you do not have a dime to your name and will not consider robbing a bank we will allow you to use your credit card to buy 100.00 worth of groceries that Friday no later.
If you need to sell a kidney I got people.
We really appreciate you helping out around the house. Having you do laundry, dishes and other things has been great! I didn’t know I owned so many pairs of underwear. I’d like to see more of your skill in the kitchen so let’s pick one night a week, oh let’s say Thursday, for you to cook something out of our stock. Another day would be fine if Thursdays won’t work but please give me 24 hour notice. I hereby deem you King of bringing the garbage and recyclable cans back to their homes after the garbage guy has come on Wednesdays in addition to bringing in a couple armloads of wood a day(thanks for all the times you have done that already). That will be a help to Scott. Don’t you feel imPOtant?
Scott and I and the kids value your friendship so much (and always have)! Neither Scott nor I want to feel taken advantage of or carry any resentment and because we both know people first hand who have been in this type of situation and not had it turn out well we feel this is the best way to handle your living here. You are welcome to stay as long as you need to and we hope you feel a part of our family, as we see you that way.
Scott and Lisa