Kids will always be kids, no matter what. Sometimes you watch your kids do same things you did as child and you smile and try to imagine, do this kids think l am a fool. I have done this too. How can they try to out smart me but they are only playing out their age.
As a dad, You try to be hard and want to sound hard when you have encounter with the kids that needs authority and at that moment sometimes the recollection of a time when you had a likely encounter with your own dad comes to mind. Most times, I struggle to keep a straight face as a have these recollections in the middle of a session with my sons.
Today was one of such days.Someone dropped the television remote and it was damaged. My wife came back with my daughter and found it. No one accepted being responsible, so their mum told me when I got back from work. The boys were at home the whole day, while their mum and their sister went to the store.
So after dinner, I called my trio and began the session by reminding them of the our cardinal rule number one. “Ye shall say the truth and the truth shall set you free” My boys I noticed kept a straight face like young recruits before their platoon commandant. They were on attention, no blinking. As I watched them with keen eyes, I wanted to smile.
I saw a time not too long ago, two other boys standing straight before their teacher dad in same military tight fashion and I giggle out loud. This shocked my wife, who raised a quizzical eyes to look at me as if I was going easy on the boys and brought a puzzled confused look to the boys and their sisters faces.
I stopped myself fast, got out of my reminiscence, cleared my throat and asked. ‘Who destroyed the television remote? I asked. “Not me, I don’t know” chorused the trio.
What? “oh God not again. Not me, I don’t know. This time I burst into laughter. Their mum turned to me and said, “honey, this is what they have been saying since l came home. So who did it? she concluded in annoyance.
I just continued laughing, my wife was not happy, I could see a small hidden smile on the faces of the trio and in same fit of laughter l answered my wife, “the two unseen members of our household, not me and I don’t know”.
“What house members, my wife asked in surprise.
Laughing uncontrollable, l answered, “the unseen ones”
My boys smiled now, they looked at themselves and shrugged their shoulders. Not so surprise of what next but l get them. Yes, L have been there many times with my older brother. This trio were sticking together, protecting one of their own.
They would rather be punished together than expose who did it and at that moment, all l could do, is smile. I have been there, many of us have been in this and these unseen “its not and l don’t know have been part of our own families as we grew up.
When wifey realized what l was saying, she too started laughing and at that moment l could see our boys smiling too now. Feeling proud but l and their mum made them know that one of them destroyed the remote. That we understand no one wants to give away who did it and appreciates it but next time they wont get away so lightly., everyone would be punished.
I and their mum watch three boys breadth a sigh of relieve at this and apologize for destroying the remote, then whispering left to their rooms. Not one single indication of who did it, sticking to protecting their own till the end
Kids can’t beat them some times, they sure know how to defend themselves. AS CONTRIBUTED BY Ted Hadson