My children have superpowers. Aren’t you jealous? What kind of superpowers you may ask? Well, they have an insane ability to be able to filter and process any trash, toy, book, or general clutter for ownership. This ability comes in super handy almost daily, and in a variety of situations. For example, this evening when we returned from an all day field trip to a water park. Now, if you’re me, and plan for three hoodlums for an entire day of outside fun in the Texas Heat, there is a certain amount of STUFF that goes along with that–stuff including a cooler, drinks, a swim bag, extra clothes, a towel bag, food, more drinks, bandaids, and of course, a camera. Upon our return, I laid out the evening plan, consisting of car, baths, teeth, pjs, reading, and bed. They knew the plan. They agreed to the plan, and yet, they did not follow through on the plan. I was the first one back out to the car to make the second trip into the house, and as I came in saddled with STUFF, I found my little superhero angels sprinkled through the house in various states of leisure.
I reminded them of the PLAN, and shlepped them all back out the door to help me unload, pointing out more specific items they could choose to retrieve. And, that’s when I got my favorite line, “but it’s not mmmmmmmmmmmmmmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeee!”
And, despite their superhero status, this silent conversation usually ends with an, “oh, okay…I’ll get it.”
Umm, yes. Yes you will.
There have been times when I have gone on strike, only picking up after myself, only cleaning up my own trash, and only washing my own clothes. It’s a little embarrassing to admit that, but I did it to make a point-running a home is not a one person job, it’s a team effort. Even if things aren’t yyyyoouuurrrrssss, it’s just good manners to help out for the good of the team.
Lucky for me, I’ve got superheros on my team. Lucky for them, I’m learning how to channel their energy against the Dark Side.