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At some point in our marriage, my husband bought each of the kids their own kid size broom. You know, so they could help me clean. Most of you know, I have a few issues about keeping the house clean and I can't stand having dirty floors. Consequently, I'm always sweeping and mopping.
Now I'll let it be known right now, I'm not missing out on the kids formative years. It's the only thing I know to do to de-stress while I have the kids home with me twenty-four/seven. Since I've been a bit stressed with all our fun going on this summer, you could eat off my floors right now.
Anyway, I told the kids they aren't allowed to have their swords in the house. They can practice in the garage or on the porch, but I draw the limit at having swords in the house. Last time they had camp, they had nunchucks and it was a colossal mess. They brought them in and were nunchucking everything in sight. I think the only thing that saved us was the fact our gross motor skills suck so bad. You should have seen how clean my floors were then.
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Anyway, at some point, all three brooms made it into the house and Alex and Lizzy were practicing forms in the family room---with the brooms. I let them practice because it was the first time that whole day they were actually quiet and to be honest? It's was too damn hot outside.
Out of nowhere I hear a THWACK then, "Ouch!" Immediately followed up by another THWACK then, "Ouch!"
I heard all sorts of commotion, a little rolling around of the floor and I think I even heard Lizzy saying my favorite expression, "God Bless America!"
Then I got bombarded with complaints from Alex, "Mom, that's not fair! She didn't do the forms at all! Gracie just came in and hit us on our heads. That's so not fair!" To which I turned it into a bit of a life lesson and said, "Well honey, sometimes life isn't fair. Do you think when you get into a fight people are going to follow the forms?"
Alex looked at me, looked back at the two year old, his wheels turning. Without missing a beat he goes, "Like this?" And he thunks the baby on the head with his broom.
And do you know what I thought, smack in the middle of another cat fight??? I thought, "Yay! He's generalizing!"
Shortly after that, all three of the brooms made it back outside and in the garage.