"Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then silence is just suspicious"

"Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then silence is just suspicious"

During the winter I buy a lot of oranges. Bill Loves clementines. If he sees me peeling, He starts running. Joe prefers peeling them. He would sit with me in the morning to peel them for Abe to take to work. 

It was one of our busy Saturdays. Bill is napping in his chair. Joe is dressed and ready to go. I thought I would distract him while we get ready. I gave him 3 clementines and went upstairs with Abe. Five minutes later Abe says he is going to check on Joe. He should have been done peeling by now and should be making noise. Abe comes upstairs and says that there is something I need to see. I go down only to find it raining on Bill. I look at Joe and he had such happiness and joy in his eyes. He looks at me and says: "Rita look its raining" his tone was full of excitement. He finished peeling the clementines and took each slice apart from the other. He would take one slice at a time squeeze it on Bill and throw the squeezed empty slice on him. It WAS raining!

During this heavy acidic rain, we were experiencing. Bill was sound asleep. He was in deep sleep that he did not wake up from the drops of clementines hitting his face. His clothes were pretty soaked and he had empty clementine slices on him. It was a scene I will never forget.

I explained to Joe that I understand the weather is out of our control but it would have been nice if the rain was not so acidic to protect Bills skin.

Every time I think back to how I handled this situation, I feel pride. I was so calm and was considerate of Joe's happiness. He felt he was accomplishing something. My natural reaction would be to get mad and put him in time out. It is very impressive to me that I just laughed it off and moved on. I always aim to be as calm as I was that day but it is really hard. They challenge me every day. Sometimes I keep it together and sometimes I send them to their rooms. I will not lie, with all the pride I feel when I handle the situation calmly, I enjoy the silence when they are in their rooms. It's probably the only time I get to myself until they sleep.

The worrisome moments are the quiet ones. The kids are so focused on what they are doing that you can not hear a peep.

"Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then silence is just suspicious"
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