How to make up for an afternoon of bickering

By Mir
March 25, 2006

After much whispering together, inform me that you’ve both decided to take the entire contents of your “donate” compartments and give it to me for the walk. When the pooled amount is determined to be $10, wait until your brother has wandered off and solemnly pull an additional bill from your “spending” compartment and inform me that “every dollar counts, so take this one, too.”

When I ask how you’d like your donation appear on the honor roll, tell me that “It should say Chickadee and Monkey, OF COURSE,” and after some thought, add, “and we want it to be in honor of your friend Julie, too. So she gets better soon.”

Then rescue me from my rapid melting into a puddle of ectoplasmic goo by remarking, “I bet you don’t want to sell me to the gypsies NOW, do you, Mama!”


  1. ben


  2. Ei

    Awww…I love your kids.

  3. Erin (erin-erin-bo-berin)

    Aww. I kinda feel that way when I peek in on my daughters sleeping. I think making them look so innocent while they are sleeping is God’s way to ensure that we do not choke our children to death!

  4. Cele

    That is a gorgous halo

  5. Cele

    sorry – are gorgous halos

  6. pocket cathy

    That is one of the sweetest things I’ve heard in awhile. Those are some kindhearted children, and I know you’re proud of them! And if you sell to anyone, don’t sell to gypsies. I’m sure your readers would pull together and buy Chickadee and Monkey, especially if it was buy one, get the other free.

  7. Shari

    Ohhh!! You have the BEST KIDS!

    You knew that, but I am just affirming it for ya. :-)

  8. Karin

    Sweetest. Thing. Ever. :)

  9. Julie

    Please, since you’ve been saved from the puddle of ectoplasmic goo….cover them in kisses and super squeezy hugs for me :)

  10. Contrary

    Ah, the old bait and switch routine, eh. Kids, they’re either the nicest people you’d ever want to meet or little rotters. Frequently both in the space of 30 minutes.

  11. carson

    I needed this story today, as my daughter has been behaving like a feral cat, except with more scratching. I’m so glad that someone’s complicated daughter is behaving. A bit jealous, but still glad.

  12. Melissa

    Call me sappy, but I teared up for that. So sweet.

  13. Leila

    Aww, how sweet. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. We can’t wait to see everyone and smother all of you in hugs and kisses. Love you all.


  14. Niihaus

    I *heart* Chickadee!

  15. Susan

    My god but you’re a good parent. I mean, they had to learn that somewhere.

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