Friday, June 26, 2009

Ideas at Supersonic Speed

This weekend we will have seven kids in our house.

Seven.

Like, more than 6.

A few months back my sister called me up and said “Hey, I am going to Jimmy Buffet. Without my four children. They’re staying with you. Mmmmkay?”

Then a few weeks back we said to my brother, “Hey, we’re going to have C’s kids that weekend. Your kids don’t get to hang with them that much. Drop ‘em off and we’ll have a big slumber party.” Before I knew it my brother had booked an overnight on Cape Cod, and he’ll drop his three off at our house on the way. And then I’ll have to put out the fire left in his driveway from his tires peeling out.

I am ridiculously looking forward to having all of them in the house this weekend. Seven kids aged 5-15. What to do? What to do?

No, seriously, what am I going to do with seven kids for the weekend?

Then the idea came to me yesterday. It screeched across the sky in the airspace above my office in East Greenwich, RI in a blur of shiny navy blue. The Blue Angels have been rehearsing their near supersonic speed air ballet for the air show at the Air Force base in Quonset this weekend. Forget about light bulbs going on over my head. My ideas tend to come to me powered by jet engines.

Perhaps we’ll drag seven kids, in two cars, to the show tomorrow. Or we’ll force them to clean our house and wash our cars. Either way, it’s all good.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous crisitunity said...

I'm reminded of Maria's reaction in The Sound of Music:

Nun: ...a captain with seven children.
Maria: SEVEN CHILDREN?!?
Nun: Do you like children?
Maria: Well, yes, but SEVEN!

June 27, 2009 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

That was pretty much the response I got last week when asked "So, what are you doing this weekend?"

June 29, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Taoist Biker said...

Crap, I didn't see this before the weekend. I would have recommended you spend $10 on cheapo water guns and water balloons.

How'd it go?

June 29, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

Good idea TB. It went fine, and I'll post about it next. Stay tuned.

June 29, 2009 at 8:38 AM  

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