Ender: I! DO! NOT! WANT! YOU! TO! WASH! MY! BUM! I! AM! TOO! BUSY!
Jane: I know. I know. But sitting in your own poop is not just gross, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal for me to just leave you sitting in it. So–off we go.
Ender: I! DO! NOT! WANT…
Jane: I! KNOW! See, and if you tell me when you have to poop before you do it, I won’t have to…
Ender: I! WILL! NEVER! POOP! IN! THE! TOILET! AGAIN! EEEE-VVV-EEEE-RRRR!
That’s not the punchline. What, are you nuts? That’s just the set up.
Flora: Do you think Ender will get out of this potty regression before Mom goes totally insane?
Cinder: I think it might be too late.
Ha, that’s not the punchline either. Read on:
Jane: I’m right here. RIGHT! HERE! If you’re going to insult me, can you at least wait until I leave the room?
Flora: A, we weren’t insulting you, and b, there’s no point to saying things like that if you don’t hear them, right?
Jane: What have I done to deserve such off-spring? What? WHAT??!
Cinder: Well, I’m not sure, but judging by what’s just happened with Ender, I think you traumatized us during potty-training.
Pretty good, eh? But not the punchline. Not yet. Almost there:
Jane: You little… Never mind. Whatever. I have a poopy bum to wash. And then I have to get back to writing.
Flora: She’s going to blog about this, isn’t she?
Cinder: Yes. And she’s going to make us look like the crazy ones.
Well… tempting. But sometimes, a straight report of exactly how it happened is so much more amusing… and effective.
Good thing we love them, right?
I was keeping a “best posts I didn’t read this week” list for you but… um… it’s Friday and I still haven’t read them. Flood. I’m using that as an excuse for the next six weeks. “Why didn’t you do X?” “Um… flood?” I figure by September, the excuse will get old, but in the meantime… FLOOD!
P.S. Just so you know–we don’t like to be called victims or even survivors. We prefer floodies. And, when we’re all dollied up in designer rubber boots, haz-mat suits and wearing those weird little beanie hats and thick rimmed glasses: floodsters.
Floodsters. It’s a YYC thing.
Have a… dry… weekend.
Oh my, I would so LOVE to be a fly on the wall in your house. Your kids are the most entertaining conversationalists ever. They even get Ender to be their stooge. Genius.
Evil genius. 😛
Kids have the best conversations!
I forgot how well you write funny. And SO true, sometimes no writery writership is necessary. Just describing, no – quoting, does the job. I loved sharing that family moment and the photograph or your Ender is priceless.
I think the secret to writing funny is knowing what to leave out–and when to stop.
Exactly! I came to the same conclusion reading a book I really wanted to love but there were bits where the writer was trying so hard to make you laugh that it almost felt like I was watching a stand up comedian (again, something I mostly don’t enjoy, because I know I’m EXPECTED to laugh, which is a turn off for me).
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Your kid dialogue posts are my favorite! Somehow, even though I know you are merely recording the conversations as they happened, you manage to make them even more hilarious with your commentary. It’s a gift.