~Steve Geller, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
I have confessed before, our house stays a complete and total wreck much of the time. Occasionally, I'll get the energy and desire to clean it. Five minutes later, the mess returns. The kids hate cleaning, as much as I do, and will do nearly anything to get out of it.
Me: All right, everybody get in here RIGHT NOW and start picking up.... HELLO?? Turn the TV off and get to work... Guys?? NOW!!
Her Highness, quickly grabs a calculator off the kitchen counter: Awww, come on Momma!! I was hoping to do some Math problems!
Same song different day....
Me: Get out back and start cleaning that porch off right now. I want all the toys, food wrappers, cups, shirts, shoes, EVERYTHING cleaned up and put away... and I want y'all to sweep it off. Got it??
The Storm (on their way out the door): grumble, grumble, grumble... It's not fair... It's hot... I hate cleaning...
A few minutes later--
Neighbor Kid: Hey! Can y'all come over and play??
Thunder, enthusiastically: Well, we're cleaning our porch right now. It's really FUN. Wanna come help??
All I can say to that is, I have taught you well, young grasshoppers.