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I HAD To . . .

Earlier tonight -- last night -- what do you call it at 2:00 in the morning?  I can't sleep. Anyway . . . we attended a "Bon Voyage" shindig for a young friend of ours who is leaving for China on Wednesday.  It was one of those great parties where the adults sit around inside talking and the kids run along to play in the yard out back.  It's been a while since I really had to worry about what my kids were doing while I was socializing.  Perhaps I should check in on them a bit more often in the future.  As we were rounding up our kids to leave, I commented on how sweaty D was and foolishly asked what he had been doing.  Ignorance is bliss.  It really is.  Here is the recount of the evening's exploits as told by the hooligans themselves:

D:  I was on the trampoline.
Ri:  Yeah, he was jumping on the trampoline and Zack wanted to fight so they did and D totally owned him!
Me:  Wait . . . what?
Ri:  Yeah, so, Zack wanted to fight but D didn't want to so Zack was taunting him.  Then everyone was taunting him except for me and so D fought him on the trampoline and he won!
D:  Yeah!  I pinned him and got him in a headlock!
Ri:  It looked like Zack was going to win at first cuz he pushed D down and was on top of him, but then D had his legs around Zack's waist and flipped over and pinned him!
Me:  (speechless)
D:  Yeah, except for you know how you thought I didn't want to fight him?  I really did.
Ri:  Yeah, and you totally owned him!
Me:  So, D, you were kind of a bully, huh?  I don't know about that . . .
Ri:  No, he wasn't a bully because it was Zack's idea to fight.  He wanted to.
Me:  I just don't think it's a very good idea.  I don't like to know that my boys were fighting.
D:  But I HAD to.  Everyone was taunting me so I had to.
Ri:  Yeah, they were.  He HAD to.
Me:  (happy that Zack isn't injured and crying to his mom and believing that this was truly just playful boyish aggression) I really hope this isn't going to happen again. It's not a good idea.  Someone could get hurt. Blah, blah, blah . . .

The boys nod in agreement and then, as they walk away,

D:  (quietly to his brother) I hope he wants a round two, cuz I'll give it to him.

Their father assures me that if it had been a real "fight" we would have heard about it sooner.  This is what boys do.  And that he indeed HAD to do it.  He was taunted, after all. Speechless, I tell you. I. Am. Speechless.


  1. You always give me so many things to look forward to... ;) At least I have a little warning and time to prepare, if that's possible...

  2. So glad I don't have boys. :)

  3. So I am wondering what could possibly be keeping my favorite blogger from posting. Seriously, it's been over a week - a new record for you I am sure!
    Don't give me the old, "my kids have been sick", "I'm the YW Pres.", "Hubby has needed some extra TLC" crap - unacceptable! I need my Creative Amy fix! I am having withdraws!

  4. I have 3 boys and I am just waiting for that day to happen. I do NOT look forward to it.

    I really enjoy your blog!


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