DW wants us to go to Germany for 10 days and leave SS17 home alone
DW has a previously planned work-related trip to Germany in October. She is now applying pressure to me (under the terms of "wouldn't it be so great to go together?) to go there with her and leave irresponsible and reclusive SS17 home alone during that time. (All her travel and hotel expenses are paid and all I would have to do is pay my own airfare, plus whatever money I spend over there. In and of itself, the trip is not a bad idea.)
However, to me, it's a non-negotiable "no" about leaving SS17 home alone. (I'm sure it would turn out worse than the movie of the same name.) I can't point to anything specifically destructive he might do. He won't burn the house down by forgetting a frying pan on the stove while he is playing video games, because the only food preparation he can do is the microwave.
However, from what I know about SS17, it's not a good decision to leave this less than half-baked and barely responsible kid home alone that long. His daily habits, when not at school, are to stay in his room playing video games, never leaving it except for trips to the bathroom and the refrigerator. So, he's not really the kind of responsible kid who can function on his own.
DW says that I'm thinking "negatively" of him and that I don't give him credit and that I have a low opinion of him. Objective discourse is not DW's strong point when it comes to discussing the truth about her son. I've given up on talking to her about who and what he is, and he is exactly the child she raised him to be. (In other words, I've disengaged.) But circumstances like this bring the underlying issues back into the fore again, and in order to explain why I don't want to go with DW to Germany, I will have to tell her why, so now we're having a "negative" discussion about her wonderful son, who is a "really good kid."
Anyway, DW is not a "really good parent," but is instead a Disney parent.
I just wonder what criminal or negligence charges I would be facing upon my arrival back home, depending on what trouble SS17 got into or what harm he did to himself.