The boys are supposed to be the dishwasher-emptiers around here. This summer,, we seem to be running the dishwasher a lot. It’s driving the boys crazy to have to empty it so often. I’ll admit to giving in on occasion and just doing it myself, but it needed to be run two days in a row, and I made them do it both times. Oh, the dirty looks.
(I don’t know why I’m noticing this summer how many more dishes we use than when the boys are home all day long. I probably thought the same thing last summer, too. They keep trying to come up with ideas of how to get around having to run it so often. I keep telling them that if they want to stop eating (and dirtying dishes), that would be OK with me).
Last night, while Mark and I were savoring our ice cream (the boys had crammed their cookies in their mouths and bolted), Joe was examining the dishwasher (prior to pulling it open and starting to empty his half).
Joe: When you guys run the dishwasher do you just push Smart Wash?
Mom: Yup. Push Smart wash and then Start. Or sometimes we push the Delay button if we want it to start later. Pretty easy, but I don’t know that you guys could handle it.
Dad: Yeah, I don’t think you are capable.
Joe and Will: Yes, we can. We can do that. That’s easy.
Mom and Dad give each other the League of Parents look.
Crickets. The truth dawns on the boys.
Joe and Will: No! Wait! We can’t do it!
Dad: Too late. I think you guys have a new job.
I LOVE IT!
I can’t wait til Colin and Hannah are old enough to unload the dishwasher. Colin wants to do it now, but that would most likely result in broken dishes and a trip to the emergency room I suspect.
Maya Madhavan says
🙂 Neat !!
Your boys are adorable! Isn’t it heart warming how their natural honesty and eagerness to do ‘cool stuff’ comes to fore and they say ‘of course we can’ before they realize what that can mean to their chore list?
Christine Olson says
ROFLOL!!! Dishwasher duty is something DH takes up with the kids. Whenever he gets testy about the dishes, I tell him that’s why we have children. 😀
Of course, I actually do the dishes most of the time but I shouldn’t be allowing that to happen. My mother never washed a dish for about 10 ten years! That’s why she had US! …and we didn’t have an automatic dishwasher! LOL!
Thanks for the chuckle. 😉
Parent psychology to the rescue….:)
Tanya Brown says
LOL! And good for you.