As in, "Uh! I am going to tell on you!"
You know, there is not enough coffee in the WORLD to make that whining bearable in the morning. Or any time, for that matter. Whining is soooo, oh, wait, now I am whining. I hate whining.
So, as I stood in the shower wishing I could still be sleeping, S4 whips the shower curtain aside (there are two shower curtains, but still, privacy has never occurred to him) and tattled on his brother, S3.
S3, for all his sweetness to others, is the prime antagonizer of his brothers. It's really an art form for him.
It was obvious that S3 was the guilty one by his tears as soon as I approached him, wrapped in pink bath towels on my way to the bedroom to get dressed. His lips quivered and he began to mumble why he wasn't to blame but his mumbling wasn't making much sense.
And I hadn't said a word to him yet. This further proved his guilt.
"Listen, you two have to learn to get along. You are going to be brothers FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, so you might as well get along. Hug your brother and think of five nice things about him."
I left them on their own to sort it out...and so I could get dressed.
And finally drink a cup of coffee.
They must have made up grandly, I figured, because while I was pouring the blessed french press coffee into my mug (Starbucks Blonde Blend, Willow is my current new favorite), all four boys were outside.
Around five this morning we had a brief rain shower hit us. The boys, getting ready for school, noticed the rain splatters and did what every boy does when it rains...
They run for their bikes.
They were racing around the driveway seeing who could splatter more mud. Then they began to try to do burn outs - ok, I think they are called burn outs but I am not really sure of the correct wording - on the freshly mowed now wet grass.
They were laughing hysterically.
They all clambered into the suburban covered in mud and wet grass.
I assure you they were clean at one point this morning. It just didn't last long.
But all that mud was worth all their giggles and squeals and laughs this morning.
The afternoon went well when they arrived home. I had my nephews here and we made cupcakes to surprise them with. (As I type this, there are NO MORE cupcakes left. They devoured every one.) The boys all played well. I honestly had forgotten about the fight this morning.
As I was dishing out dinner, S4 announced, "Mama, S3 still has not said five things he likes about me."
S3 groaned, slapped his hand on his forehead, and slumped at the table. Five NICE things about your brother is just about impossible, I suppose.
What do you do to keep your kiddos getting along? Any new tricks I need to try?