Thursday, October 16, 2008

Startled

Seven year olds tend to respond well to the suggestion of competitions and races and the opportunity to rub others' noses in the dirt of defeat.

Morning:

Shane: Alright, young hound. It's a race - you've got to get fully dressed and have your teeth brushed before I'm speed-showered and dried.

Alex: (considers) Shane. (smiles)

Shane: Yeah?

Alex: Go!

I dash up the stairs, into the bathroom, gown off, shower on - hot hot hot, and I'm in.

Soapily, I hear a speed-scampering towards the unlocked bathroom door. Alex bursts in - now only half-pyjamaed (for he too is racing) and carrying Jim the cat (surely an impediment to speed-dressing), but, what's this - a flush of the loo and...

Shane: (something's not right) Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!!!!!

A running laughing boy (plus one startled cat) exits the room.

Seven year olds will remember - and utilise - facts such as When the loo is flushed, then the adjacent shower will run cold for five to ten seconds.

Shane: (calling, shivering) That is the purest evil!

Alex: (calling) Loser!*

I blame the parents.

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* I may have lost the race, but the moral victory was undeniably** mine.

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** Does not take into account the views of seven year olds.

3 comments:

PI said...

Little darling:)

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Love it!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

So, did you give Emma two hard thwacks upside the head? Or even a noogie?

YOu COULD have spanked the 7yearold. Except you're not that kind. Too bad. Cor...