18. June 2012 02:34
I'm an Early Bird. I love early mornings in the summer, when the windows are open and I hear nothing but birds, crickets and the occasional car passing by. I wake up, make some coffee, and head out to my back porch to enjoy--
AAAAACK! What happened to my back porch? It looks like a war zone! The floor is littered with ice-pop wrappers, plastic swords, foam swords, light sabres and Nerf weapons of all kinds. Add in a Tinker-toy archery set and a few magnetic letters that fell off the refrigerator door, and you're walking through a 14x21 minefield.
For once, the Street Urchins are not responsible for this mess. This time, it was the teenagers. A bunch of Sixteen's friends were hanging out on the porch last night, and I could hear all kinds of strange noises out there, but I chose not to investigate. I was tired and cranky; since I'm an Early Bird, I'm not good for much after 8:30 PM.
Teenagers, I've found, like to act all big and tough until they're turned loose around a younger child's toys. Suddenly they're just big, goofy kids--as long as parents aren't watching.
From the looks of things, the light-sabre team won the skirmish against the foam swords. In fact, the foam swords have probably fought their last battle. That's too bad, because they're among the most-used toys around here--and remember, my youngest child is 10 years old. Even Twenty's friends have been known to pick up a sword and prepare for battle.
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