I just got beat up by my kids. A lot.
It started innocently enough with a Nerf battle. My 15 year old vs my 11 year old and I. Bullets sprayed across the living room. Butt shots and head shots galore. Laughing and screaming, and then…
It went too far. Body parts got hurt. Feelings got hurt. Rage kicked in. So it was time to clean up. But then more Nerf shots fired again. Round 2- ATTACK DAD!!!
Finally we were all too tired. And called it a truce. My kids had beat me. Bad. They chose to bury me with bean bag chairs and sit on them. These beasts were self proclaimed victors of the Castle! I was de-throned. No longer the king.
I was having a fairly productive afternoon. The sun was out so I decided to paint the trim of our home. Up and down the ladder. Painting, sweating, cursing, getting sore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the results. I also put it off for over a year so it was about time to tackle the job.
I may be tall, but i still need a ladder.
My wife left with our daughters to go do some summer clothes shopping at the VV Boutique while I slaved away. My son stayed to keep me company/annoy me. He was getting bored. Really bored. I was getting bored going up the ladder and down the ladder. So I made him a deal. At 3pm we would have a freezie and hang out for a bit.
3pm came and I was still up the ladder. He was bored. I looked down and realized that even though he was in my general vicinity, we weren’t having a great day together. I told him to go get the Nerf Guns and that after my break, I’d have a battle with him. Bad decision.
Ready for a Nerf Battle!
After about five minutes of running around the yard, I realized that I am far too out of shape. Every time I paused for a moment, an onslaught of foam bullets hit me. He was having a great time. His laughter and joy made me glad that I took a moment to allow him to kick my ass. We only battled for about 30 minutes, but it was by far the best part of my day.
Taking a break to be with him means a lot to me. He’s growin up quickly and I don’t want to miss out on the fun.