When I was in elementary school, the thought the idea of a house full of women was just yucky! When I got to high school, I began to realize that the idea had a LOT of merit. When I got to college, it was the things that wishes and dreams were made of. Now that I'm older (and live in a house full of women) the dream is MUCH different. Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it.... when you least expect it.... sometimes years later.... with strings attached. This, in NO way, resembles what I had in mind in my college days.
I will always be outnumbered. The "girls" have this unspoken union (though I think the 1-year old is TRYING to tell me but it just keeps coming out: DA, DA, DA. (need to brush up on my baby Morse Code)). Of course, anytime I try to bring up this... theory, I'm met with hysterical laughter followed by a demand for me to fetch her shoes (and that's from the 3-year old!). So something is not right!
This is a hidden, high-tech operation. It is complete with spies and obvious modes of sabotage. Enter the Stealthy Ninja Investigative Tween Childlike Human (or S.N.I.T.C.H for short). The model we have is 10-years old (going on 11) and it hasn't lost a step! She is designed to sneak up on the target (me) and report all findings to the "mother"ship.
Most of the time I'm doing something completely innocent (as ALL fathers do) and that's when she strikes. So, I'm in the kitchen making myself a nice, healthy breakfast (most important meal of the day). My breakfast is done and I turn around... and... BAM!!! There she is asking, "Whatcha doin'?" It's obvious what I'm doing. I'm making a healthy breakfast to get my day started right (as ALL fathers do). But she is asking in hopes I'm going to give away more information than I need to so her report will be complete. Now, I've seen this trick before. She going to leave it at that an act like that's all that's going to happen. So I go and enjoy my breakfast and listen.... And there's the report: "Mommy, daddy's eating pizza for breakfast." or "Mommy, daddy's eating a hotdog for breakfast." or "Mommy, daddy's eating spaghetti (or chips, or candy, or some other healthy meal) for breakfast." You get my point. And even if she doesn't see "MOMMY" for a whole day... the report is as detailed as if just happened. Half the time I don't remember doing the "crime" but I won't deny it when questioned. If she said I did it, I probably did.
Then there's the "Better Recognize" Undersized Toddler Enforcer (or B.R.U.T.E.). She's only 3 but, apparently, she's the muscle of the operation. Her job is to make sure I don't get out of line. I didn't know that's what her job was before but I have since figured it out. I should have known by the way she laughs when I trip over, run into or drop something that I'm not supposed to. Also, I find it odd that she only wants ME to read a book to her at night. I originally thought she just loved me more than her mom. But now I see the real genius behind the reading. She only enjoys the book when I allow her to smash my hand between the pages or otherwise hurt myself during the course of the reading. What in the world was I thinking?!?!?
And the last one is far more devious than the other 2. Her code name is A.N.G.E.L. (I thought there was some cutie name behind it but there's not. The name is meant to distract you from her real purpose). But don't let that name fool you. Her job is to make sure I wake up every 2 hours on MY night to cater to her needs. She makes sure I am good and tired every other morning. Because if I'm sleep deprived, I won't be able to concentrate on a plan to strike back. But the true evil of the plan is that she does all of this and when you just can't take it anymore... She smiles. It's like a Jedi Mind Trick! There's no defense for it. You just have to avoid it. And if you don't... She gets what she wants.
Some of you are are doing the math right now then you are probably wondering why I left someone out. My wife. You really think I'm going to come up with some acronym to describe my wife. What kind of fool do you take me for?!?! You can't make a cute little sentence to describe a woman that is Special With Elegance, Ethics, Talent, Intelligence and Excellence. That would just be wrong (plus it would get me absolutely nowhere)! So I'm going to leave it at that. I just hope the 10-year old doesn't read my blog because I can guarantee my wife will get the message that there is an update before I can finish this sentence.