“There’s some new rules for dinner time,” Hubbie said as we started to eat.
“Yes!” I cried a bit too enthusiastically, looking over at our squirming baby girl. “Tell her.”
I had no idea what it was but I had a feeling we were on the same page.
“There is no more leaving the table when we eat,” he started. “It’s a new game.”
“And,” I added spontaneously, “you lose points. We all start with 5 points. If you leave the table you lose a point. The one with the most points at the end wins.”
We also decided that the only reason to get up and not lose a point was a toilet break. But otherwise, even if you went to get tomato sauce or grab some more water…
Down 1 point.
Baby girl sat still for a while… until she decided her rules were better. Her rules meant that she started with a billion points.
We kept telling her she was wrong, and she kept telling us she was right. Soon though, Hubbie added the clause… that if she sat still long enough and finished her meal (she had now lost ALL her points) well the more she ate, the more she would regain, until she got to 5 points again.
She ate her meal and got her 5 points back… and then asked for an extra point.
And shock horror… Hubbie gave it to her. Meanwhile I was playing TOUGH.
“No fair!” I yelled. “I sat here the whole time without getting up and I didn’t get bonus points.”
Well the weasler that she is, she weasled more points out of him until she had 9 in total.
“Crap,” I told them as I left the room to clean up. ‘This thing is rigged. Clearly you know someone.”
Baby girl took great joy in making fun of me. And I stirred them up as I argued my case while smiling at the same time. I was in the laundry and she was mocking me, telling me how she had 9 points, while I shot back that she had left crumbs under her chair… so she should LOSE ALL her points!
“No!” she yelled back at me. “It’s Tato’s rules.”
I called her over. “Baby girl come here…” she walked over and I whispered something in her ear. She giggled and walked back into the kitchen, where she said “Tato, Mummy says your rules are shit.”
I roared with laughter. Man it felt good to have my child ague back for me, lol. And the only reason why I said it at all, and she got away with it, is she knows we would kill her for saying such a phrase out loud, in the outside world… but only in those few walls.
Only because Hubbie rigged the game.
Ahh, life. What funny family moment has had you cacking up with laughter?