Sometimes I’m glad we’ve got a house full of girls and only two boys who are 13 years apart in age.
Like today, when Tracey was at soccer practice and witnessed the two boys of a friend, aged 6 and 9, going hard at it. It got so heated their mum broke away from a conversation with the other soccer mums to try cool things down.
“You boys stop the bickering right now or I’ll pull out my mummy voice,” she told them sternly. “In public!”
No one wants to be called out by their mum in front of their friends. Well, at least they didn’t back in my day.
Whack! The younger boy sent a hay-maker up into the side of his brother’s head.
“What did you do that for?” the older kid moaned. “Mum! He hit me!”
“Yeah,” said his mum, raising her voice a bit and stepping between them. Clearly, she hoped to sort this out quickly and get back to her chat. “But you were walking along banging your water bottle on top of his head, so what do you expect?”
“But he used his fist!” said the older boy.
Which Tracey thought would bring cries of innocence from the younger boy, but there was none of that.
‘Yeah,” said his little brother, totally unrepentant. “Like this.”
And so saying he demonstrated what he did by leaning around his mum and smacking the older boy upside the head again.
Which got the mummy voice going big time. In public.
Tracey scurried off about then. Not out of embarrassment for the mother or boys, but because she was really struggling to keep a straight face.
Yep. Glad my boys’ fists are separated by a good 13 years.
….although I do wonder what’s in stall for us in the coming years with my house full of girls.
When not typing away over here and checking his stats every two minutes Bruce Devereaux hangs out at his ‘BIG FAMILY little income’ Facebook Page.
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