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Topic: Game (12/06/12)
TITLE: Bathroom Patty-Cake
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All that is required is a competitor. Mine is my equally clever and quick handed fourteen year old daughter. She has a tag team partner, her three old sopping-wet sister. Tag team partners are not necessary however; they do make the game more interesting especially if water is involved.
The key is to put the tag team partner in the bathtub surrounded by troll dolls, plastic whales, and rubber ducks. These items will divert the tiny one’s attention long enough that you can gain the upper hand on your opponent and win a match or two. Once her attention span lapses, you can bet on a losing streak.
Next, you will want to position yourself on the floor, legs crossed and with plenty of room for fluid arm movement. I prefer to position myself between the tub and the toilet and leave my competition squeezed between the vanity and the linen closet. Her legs are then pulled in uncomfortably close and her elbows hit the doors of either if she gets to going too fast.
Staring in each other’s eyes without smiling sets the tone for a heated match but beware that it often ends in laughter and the first round is a flop. With hands in the air and facing one another, each player works together to come up with a somewhat complicated patty-cake game. Once the game is practiced slowly, the two parties will then devise a rhyme of sort to accompany the hand slapping. One everything is decided upon, the players must reenact the practiced game and verse at and extremely fast pace. The first one to mess up on either the logistics of the game or the verse loses.
My daughter often tells me that I am heavy handed and hit her hands too hard. Sometimes, she will even roll back on the floor in mock pain so that I will have sympathy and go easy on her in the next round. Once she realizes that such shenanigans do not affect me, she will call in her sister for assistance. Close attention must be made to the signals between the tag team partners because if you are not careful, you could end up with a wet washcloth on your head. This seems to be the tactic of choice.
Caution is also advised if you have had a hard day at work or some other sort of stress because it will soon vanish and you will not have anything left to complain about. The kind of laughter that makes you feel like you might pee on yourself or that makes you cry, is to be expected. Expect the bathroom floor to be covered in water and maybe some bubbles so a towel should be on hand. Then, go to bed later on game-night and remember your losing moment and the smile on your children’s faces. Remember the time you laughed so hard that snot came out your nose and grossed them out.
Finally, thank God for those moments and reflect on how oftentimes we complicate our lives and run through it so fast that we overlook what really matters.
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