I am always after child #1 Mark to clean his room, pick up the clothes he has dropped all through the house, etc., etc. Always with an argument....and I always think to myself what will it be like when he moves out on his own....YUK! I don't want to think of it!! The funny part of child #1 is that when he was a toddler, he couldn't have a speck of food on his fingers or he would sit there with his fingers spread wide, waiting for mom to wipe them before going on! Boy, we have truely grown out of that phase totally!
Now onto child #2 - Alan. He is NOT a drama child by no means. He just chills and listens to me hammer his brother....he just sits back and takes notes!! When he was a toddler, he was the one with spaghetti in his hair - all over and lovin it!
So, the other day I was after him to clean his room. Take out the clothes he's outgrown, clean up food wrappers (not my favorite, but I'm tired of fighting...they have to live with the bugs - right??) and whatever else needed done.
So I see him heading up the stairs with some Swiffers and cleaning supplies so I ask him what he's doing...."I'm redecorating my room."
Alan: "I'm going to move my furniture and clean up."
Me: "Are you feeling sick or something wrong?"
Alan: "No, why?"
Me: "Just wondering. You sure?"
Alan: "I need to learn how to clean because I will be going to college soon and moving out and I will have to keep everything clean."
(now he's only in 8th grade!)
Then THUD! I fell off my chair! I had to check my pulse too! Yep, still alive!
Whoa! 50% effective rate...I actually got through to one of them! I just had to sit there and take it all in....then I decided I had to have documentation....
SO PROUD!! (both he and I, but for different reasons)
Until tomorrow friends....