*Sometimes laughter comes from the most unexpected places. It also may occur at equally unexpected times. Plus, a mess can also occur any time and any place. As a parent, I have learned all that the hard way.
“Why don’t you clean up the mess, since you just made that mess?!”
And commence the steam coming out of my husband’s ears after our youngest told him to clean up the mess in her room. OK, I confess messes in general in our home are totally common as shown here. But still he simply moved around the little figures and toys on the floor. This was his way to illustrate that there was indeed a mess that needed to be cleaned up so our dog wouldn’t eat or destroy their toys.
I literally had to stand there for a minute to catch my breath. I also tried hard not to laugh out loud that our 7 year old smart mouth thought quickly enough to come up with this comeback to try to get out of cleaning the mess that both girls made.
I walked in the other room and totally let the air out to breath. And then couldn’t hold the laughter anymore. See don’t get me wrong, it is the 7 year old that happens to be our resident comedian more often than not. Therefore, I find myself quite often left chuckling out loud by her words and actions.
The Punishment Fits the Mess of a Crime
But back to the situation at hand. By the time I returned to their room, my husband was taking their toys, the Barbie Dreamhouse included and putting them out side on our deck.
He proceeded to tell the girls that until they did clean up the mess, these toys would remain outside. Never mind it has been freezing out and even had snow in the past few weeks.
Mom to the Rescue with the ‘Not So Mess’ Cleanup
Of course, both girls were now distraught. They were even claiming they couldn’t clean up by themselves. Enter Mom (me). I got down on my hands and knees to help them with the task at hand.
As much as I knew they were totally in the wrong for the mess, I still couldn’t help but pitch in. Because that is just what I do, I suppose.
When the cleaning was completed, the lecture from dad followed. This was mostly for the benefit of our smart mouth 7 year old. Why? Because the older isn’t nearly as quick to answer us back.
One Mess Down, How Many To Go & The Future of Smart Mouths
I am guessing that we will hear more of that smart mouth in the months and years to come. And so not out of the woods by far with her only being 7 years old.
God help us for the teen years. At the very least, they will most likely be bumpy and filled with her clever, but snarky remarks. Because at only 7, she already has the market on telling it like it is (sometimes for good, but sometimes for bad, as illustrated here). Hopeful that some of that snakiness will still be more for good. Plus, I wouldn’t balk at much needed laughter from it. But again am more than aware that it most likely won’t be all laughter, sunshine and lollipops with the teen years!
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**Coincidentally, this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday was a 5 minute prompt on the word, “Laughter”. Therefore linking up with Kristi and Kenya.