It was Friday and the kids had been pushing to have friends over. So apparently at some point I promised I would open our house up to friends this weekend. And sure enough they called me on it. And so, two out of the three got to invite someone over for the night.
I wish you could have seen the looks on their faces when they walked in the door and I began to hand out cleaning assignments. We all gathered in the family room and I gave each kid a room to clean. Now, my kids already know me and were 94 percent certain I was joking. But the looks on their friends’ faces was priceless. That look of sudden uneasiness, shock and fear. The expressionless stare of “wha?” “um, really?” was one of the highlights of my week. “Is your dad serious?” was whispered a couple of times I believe.
As I began to hand out dust rags even my kids started to wonder what they’d gotten themselves into. I said, “Well we always clean on weekends and you said you wanted to have friends over. Never said what we’d be doing. This will make it go that much faster.”
Of course I was kidding. But what a fun fifteen minutes that was.