Me: "The bad news."
Jed: "Well, my bike has a flat tire."
Me: "That stinks ." (Slightly stressed about putting more money into the bike.)
Jed:"And the computer crashed again. I can't even get it to boot up...
Me: "Oh no!" (Annoyed about spending more money and knowing from previous experience that our computer will be dismantled and parts strewn about our living room until he can fix it.)
Jed: "... and we may have lost our most recent pictures, that weren't backed up."
Me: "No way!" (This is devastating to me, precious memories, lost.)
Jed: "Yeah and the real kicker is the a/c in the van stopped working again."
Me: "Unbelievable!" (We just paid an astronomical amount to have it fixed earlier this summer, I felt sick to my stomach.)
Jed: "You want your good news now?"
Me: "Ugh, I guess but nothing could make up for all that."
Jed: "None of that is actually true."
Jed: (Grinning from ear to ear.)
Me: (Punched him in the shoulder and walked away.)
Seth: "Mom, Ford took off his diaper!"
Me: "Oh geez!" (He's been doing that a lot lately)
Seth: "He pooped and poop is everywhere!"
Me: "No! No one touch him or the poop! Get away from...." (Running into the florida room, not seeing feces anywhere.)
Seth: (Grinning from ear to ear)
Me: (Giving Seth a suspicious and irritated look while grabbing Ford because he had pulled the tab on one side of his diaper)
Seth: "He didn't really poop." (Giggling to himself)
After thinking for a little bit about the last week, I realize that Seth has been lying to me quite a bit about really silly stuff. I pull him aside,
Me: "Seth, you've been lying to me a lot lately, why?
Seth: (thinks briefly then shrugs) "I dont know, I guess I like to joke a lot."
Me: (Light bulb goes off. Trying not to grin from ear to ear.) "Ok, we'll talk about this more later." (Find Jed to inform him of his spectacular, example setting skills.)