(at dinner table)

Wonderful Wife: “You need to use your fork on the spaghetti, not your fingers. We don’t eat with our hands.”

Little Miss Thing, age 7: “Nope.”

WW: “That wasn’t a question. A better response would be, ‘Yes, Mama’.”

LMT: “No. I don’t feel like it.”

WW: (glaring)

Me: “That was strike two. If you don’t respond appropriately to your mother, there will be serious consequences.”

LMT: “Like what?”

Me: “Like… losing all your electronics for a day.”

LMT: “I don’t care.”

Me: “OK, wiseguy. How about losing electronics for a week?”

LMT: “I don’t care.”


Me: “Hmmm. Then I guess I’ll have to take away that new stuffed animal you bought last…”

LMT: “Sorry, Mama. I won’t do it again.”


Grand Bunny

Little Miss Thing, age 7: (holding plush rabbit) “Mr. Flops loves you, Daddy.”

Me: “How is my Grand-Bunny today?”

LMT: “He’s not your grandchild. I got him from the shelter.”

Me: “If you adopted him and love him, then he’s most definitely my grandchild, and I love him all the same.”


LMT: “Hug attack!” (throws bunny in my face)

Me: “Oww!”

LMT: “Sorry. He’s just happy to have a family.”

Best Blanket Fort EVER

The kids love to build blanket forts in the living room. And in their rooms. And the hallways. Sometimes outside. Pretty much anywhere, really. We draw the line at the bathrooms, though. There are limits.

It’s really fun to see their creativity blossom and spill out into our living space. It’s not as fun to trip over all that creativity, so we get many opportunities to work on our “we clean up our own messes” philosophy as well.

But overall it’s a wonderful practice that I hope stays strong and vibrant as we all get older. I plan to keep joining them for as long as I can.

I knew that it helped develop their spatial/engineering brains, but I was a little surprised to see last weekend that it also is exercising their hospitality. Because what good is a blanket fort if your guests don’t feel truly and wholeheartedly welcomed?


Don’t you just feel incredibly welcome?

Who’s up for building some blanket forts?