Alison (6): Let’s play house!
Thing Two (6): Okay!
At this point dusting with the play broom and much vacuuming with the play vacuum commences. I will admit, it is kind of cute.
Now, I need to relate that I have very good hearing and can pick up sounds that are out of place for the environment I am in. It’s a knack. A gift, if you will.
So when I heard the shower curtain being pulled back, I stopped typing on my novel.
Alison: I’m going to take a shower!
Now at this point I have a parental choice. I can assume their game is innocent and will not lead to undressing, or I can go up there now and say “perhaps fixing dinner would be better?” I decide on the former. They are not playing doctor, and the shower is a place almost all kids go when playing hide-and-seek. Running water, however, would be out of the question.
I go back to typing.
Alison: La la la, scrub scrub.
Oh man, the cuteness!
That is when I hear the toilet lid lifted. Then I hear Thing Two going pee.
Alison: What are you doing!
Thing Two: Going potty.
Alison: Bad Husband! Going potty while I am taking my shower!
Thing Two: That’s what Mommy and Daddy do!
Now I am chuckling in my chair. Let’s just say if my kids pick up modesty, they didn’t get it from the parents. Peer pressure can take care of that one for you. We’re not nudists, but the only rule we have is you have to be dressed while sitting at the dinner table. Anyway, this potty conversation has a couple of places to go, and it takes a turn towards the giggle zone.
Alison: Are you standing up to go potty?
Thing Two: Yes, I have a penis (giggle).
Alison: I have to sit (giggle).
Thing Two: That’s because you don’t have a penis (giggle).
At this point we have lots of giggles. Thankfully I hear a flush and Thing Two washing his hands. Fortunately, this potty conversation is at an end.
Or so I thought.
Thing Two: Now it’s your turn to go potty.
Alison: I don’t want to!
Thing Two: That’s what my…
Thing Two: But…
Daddy: Thing Two, come down here please.
Thing Two: We were playing house.
Daddy: Thing Two, when a girl says no, you need to respect that. No means no. She doesn’t want to play that part of the game. Can you go to the bonus room and play with your toys?
Thing Two: Okay!
Thus, the conclusion of the Playing House Shower Scene of December 2008 is thankfully here.