Can I get that in writing?


My son tells me he loves scrubbing toilets. (Despite his expression. He was singularly focused.)

My three-year-old scrubbing away. Go figure.

I wish he was old enough for me to get that in writing. It may be useful later on.

And apparently this post has a theme.

I found this in the hallway:

Naturally, being the fully-grown adult that I am, I picked this up, held it out to my children and asked, “Who peed in the hallway?”

Who says you’re ever too old to be immature?

What chores did you love/hate as a child, or do/did your kids love/hate?

Given the opportunity to make a P pun, would you have resisted?

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  1. Maybe you could get a recording of him saying that.
    When I was young my job was to empty the trash. I loved doing that.

    I got a dime a for that. But I gave up that job when I started get a quarter a week to rake leaves. Sadly that was just seasonal work …

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  2. Your children have entered my heart with your posts, Betsy. As you know, you will not need to put it in writing, since you have the photo….yet, his expression does not necessarily give away his joy. This β€œP” pun will likely be the highlight of my day!πŸ™‚

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  3. Too funny. Since the significant majority of boys have an aiming problem, your son’s cleaning of the toilet shows a seriousness of purpose. As an old fart, mowing the grass gives me a sense of accomplishment. I use an electric mower, so I only smell the cut grass. Keith

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    • The smell of freshly cut grass is truly a thing of beauty. And you’re right. Joe definitely ought to be the one scrubbing the toilets for that reason. (My first three are girls. Very different experience.) πŸ™‚ Thanks, Keith!


      • Funny story. We decided to give up after two and gave away all of the baby furniture to charity or friends. Then about two years later, we reversed course. Our kids get along well, but our little girl still gets the upper hand on her brothers. When one son briefly was a Pescatarian (eating fish and veggies), she would call him Episcopalian knowing the difference in the words.

        Do your girls look after your son or is fair game for teasing or both? Keith

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      • Getting rid of baby stuff is definitely a sure-fire way of getting pregnant again. (Speaking from experience here.)

        I’m glad your daughter holds her own against her brothers. My kids are pretty good about not teasing (knock on wood). Well, the sisters do a little, like how the 3rd is now a 1/4 inch taller than the 2nd, but they leave their brother alone. He’s too young to take it well. They would also be wise to remember that he will be bigger than them one day! πŸ™‚

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  4. It makes perfect sense to me that Joe likes cleaning the toilet. Water play! And on top of that, it’s blue! Ha ha. And the “Who peed on the carpet?” question. LOL. Irresistible.
    My daughter hated picking up sticks on the lawn (we lived in the woods, so there were always lots of them). Oh the sour puss face as she did her chore!

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  5. 🀣 🀣 🀣 🀣 🀣
    Oh my goodness!
    Wait, I have to get off the floor …. laughing too hard!
    He’s such a cutie!

    Reminds me of a story my mother still tells: apparently when I was about Cutie’s age, she caught me in this exact pose, except that I was “cooking”. Apparently,I had emptied the contents of various cosmetic bottles and was stirring with just that focus.

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  6. Betsy, make the most of his keen and eager skills now!πŸ˜€ My son enjoyed cleaning the cutlery drawers, taking them all out, wiping them clean and putting them back in a most organised manner. By the age of eight the novelty had worn off and this task fell back to me! πŸ˜€

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  7. May I suggest outside the bathroom you have letter Q followed by 2 followed P. And put a rope on wall with P attached. (Peeing up a rope, altho I don’t really know what that means.)

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  8. Funny, funny. That boy is a never-ending source of laughs. As for what chore I liked as a child, I liked dusting furniture. I thought it was great fun to see dust disappear. However now I think of dust more as a *protective cover* for furniture, best left where it is.

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  9. LOL!! Yes, you should definitely take a video of him cleaning the toilet and claiming he likes the chore (maybe have Paul witness it πŸ™‚ ) Cleaning the bathroom was one of the chores I assigned to my kids when they were old enough. They split the task: one got the toilet and sink/counter, the other got the floor. Interestingly enough, my son always picked the toilet/sink task!

    I liked dusting as a kid, too. And honestly, mowing the lawn. I think those are the ones where you can really see that you did something. Now I know that no matter how often I clean, I’ll have to do it again. Ahhh, the naivete of youth (and yes, that means ignoring the fact you did the same chore last week) πŸ˜€

    LOVE the P joke! Don’t think I would have thought of that one.

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    • I kind of liked mowing the lawn for the same reason: instant results! If that’s what we like to see, becoming writers may have been a bad choice. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for appreciating the P joke. That takes a refined sense of humor. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Vivi. My mom would be horrified. She was always telling us to stop with the potty humor. It never worked. I decided with my kids that I wouldn’t even try. Ironically, it’s me who’s making with the jokes! πŸ˜›

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