....maybe that's why my children try their best not to use it.
Scene I: Carpool pickup after school in our awesome mini-van
Characters: Me, Thunder and his best bud from preschool
Thunder's Best Bud: Hey, what if we lived together! And, I wasn't just riding to my house, I was heading home with you to live at your house. Then we could play together all the time!
Thunder: Yeah, okay.
(Thunder lives with built in playmates, so the whole adding another "brother" doesn't appeal quite so much.)
Thunder's Best Bud: No, what I'm sayin' is, like we could be brothers and LIVE in your house ALL THE TIME. Wouldn't that be sooooo much fun???
Thunder: I mean, it would be, but if you lived with me, my Mom would be mean at you sometimes.
Thunder's Best Bud: You're Mom's NOT mean!! She's always nice to me. She couldn't be mean at me!!!
Thunder: Not if you live with her! I'm tellin' you, if you lived with her, she would be mean at you sometimes.
Me: Umm, so is it that I'm MEAN to you, or is that you don't always obey, so sometimes you get into trouble??
Thunder: Nope. You're just mean at me sometimes. I guess cause you're so grouchy.
Scene II: Our dining room window
Characters: Lightning and Me
Lightning: Momma! I just saw Bean's Mom! She's over there, in Mr. Nick's yard!!
(Beans is our miniature dachshund who was our first child, many years ago. He once lived the high life as Prince Beans. Now he's our backyard guard dog. Don't judge me, we have a fenced in yard, and he is much happier outside than being stepped on all day by my human children.)
Me: Honey, how do you know that it is Bean's Mom?
Lightning: Well, she looked just like Beans, but FAT!
Scene III: Getting Her Highness ready for another fun-filled day of first grade
Characters: Her Highness, Thunder and Me
Me: Miss Priss, if you don't get over here and let me do your hair, you will have to go to school with crazy hair.
Her Highness: I don't wanna go to school today! First grade is soooo boring!
Me: I remember first grade. It is harder than kindergarten, but surely there are some fun things you like to do during the day.
Her Highness: Momma, what was first grade like back in the OLD DAYS, anyway?
Thunder: And what did you watch on tv back then??
Curtain closes, and I cry backstage.