Thursday, September 20, 2012

High-Low #263b

So, apparently it is necessary to give some background information in order for a punch line to carry the joke.

My apologies.

Let me try to explain our last High-Low Game. Bethany has quite a habit of waking her siblings in ways less than... appreciated. "Make a joyful noise," comes quickly to mind. She has even been known to jump on Hannah, Leah and Mary in an attempt to share her love for everything early.

This is not entirely understood by her sisters. In fact, I think there may be times when they downright resent Bethany's presentation of dawn each day. I've heard the murmurings. Several of them have been working on a plan to exact revenge.

And then Mary made her move.

A couple mornings ago Mary thrilled with the realization that she was up before her early bird sister. She rubbed her hands in glee when I announced that I wished her to awaken her sisters. With a twinkle in her eye she bounded down the hall already finding great hilarity imagining the reaction of Bethany to a good dose of her own medicine. She burst into their room, began singing "Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, Glory" (Bethany's favorite Battle Hymn Of Awakefulness when playing this game herself) and flew through the air landing on Bethany's bum.

Bethany's response was somewhat... anticlimactic. Well, to be entirely frank she responded with the tact of a wet cat. Shrieking at Mary for so rudely waking her put an abrupt halt to Mary's imagined glee at gaining the upper hand on her prankster sister.

Perhaps now Mary's response to High-Low makes better sense:

Low: Bethany's response to me jumping on her this morning to wake her up.

High: Jumping on Bethany this morning to wake her up.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

High-Low #263

We play a game in our house called High-Low. Several people had great choices but Mary, who happened to go last, took the cake by a long shot!

Low: Bethany's response to me jumping on her this morning to wake her up. (It wasn't pretty)

High: Jumping on Bethany this morning to wake her up.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Well, It's True!

We have a section of highway close to our home called the cutoff. This little nickname is supposed to inspire confidence in you because it "cuts off" time from your journey when traversing our peninsula. What isn't readily expressed in the name is the twisting, winding, vortex of terror that is the road. Add to it the sheer drop off around every bend and you can imagine my children's delight when we must drive on it. Every one of my older seven little people have begged for mercy at one point or another.

Tuesday night was Phoebe's turn.

From the time we were half through the cutoff until we were 10 minutes on the other side of it my precocious 3-year old gave our entire family this running commentary:

That was a scary, dark, twisty road. That was so scary. It was dark and a twisty road. Yep, that road was dark and it scared me. It was twisted and dark. It was scary because it was dark. I was scared of that twisty road. It was too dark.

I finally interrupted her soliloquy and sagely turned her mind to scripture.

Phoebe, the bible tells us to think about things that are lovely, excellent and worthy to be praised. We should think about those things that are pure and honorable and true above all else. I'd like you to think about Jesus. What can you tell me about him?

Oh, Jesus! He died on a cross on a day that was dark and scary.

Our entire van erupted into laughter and Phoebe responded with complete innocence and clarity.

Well, it's true!