So yesterday, after a night of bowling, Tee decided to build a bowling ally in our playroom with plastic cups and a tennis ball on a lane of dvd and Wii game cases. It was pretty ingenious and, as a bonus, I found my Spitfire Grill DVD which I'd been missing all summer. Great movie if you haven't seen it.
I digress. It's a problem, I know.
Anyway, Tee decided he would charge$.05 a turn to bowl at his "Lanes of Thunder" and all the kids got in line. Mostly because they knew where my bowl of change was so they just helped themselves to fund their morning activities and line Tee's pockets at the same time. In exchange, I received 12 minutes of quiet while the kids were playing happily so I obliged them with the $2.25 they were siphoning from my stash.
At minute 12.1, Graham decided he wanted to get in on the action and built a putt-putt golf course with a cup, hot glue gun, and piece of painters tape. I'm not saying it was the most challenging course but the use of a driver instead of a putter definitely kept it interesting - and almost made helmets necessary.
Tee, seeing his profits being split with his brother, wasn't going to take this lying down. Within minutes, with pillows and a light saber, he had a javelin throw assembled alongside his bowling ally and was advertising a two-for-one special.
And faster than I could grab my camera began the weeping and gnashing of teeth..."HE'S STEALING MY BUSINESS!!!" "NO I'M NOT, I THOUGHT OF IT FIRST! YOU'RE STEALING MINE!" "I BOUGHT A MEMBERSHIP FOR $1 AND NOW I WANT MY MONEY BACK!" "NO WAY! DONE DEAL!"
And like the bad mom I am, the whole conundrum made me laugh which made the boys even more crazy. I tried to explain capitalism and the beauty of free market enterprise to no avail. We finally settled the whole thing over a chocolate covered pretzel and glass of milk.
And I made a personal note to self that a lemonade stand might not have the Norman Rockwell effect I imagine but instead could possibly lead to the end of our family as we know it.
Ya'll have a great weekend!