We’ve got a little Lord of the Flies action going on at my house.
And I don’t mean as part of our summer reading experience.
Day Three of summer vacation and we’ve already seen power struggles, fisticuffs, name-calling, water-dousing, food-stealing, all-around controlled mayhem.
Anticipation of vacation got them started the weekend before. You could feel the venom bubbling below the surface; the obnoxious volume gearing up; the cruel and unusual punishment saved especially for siblings coming out in dribs and drabs.
I sensed the need for a preemptive strike. Instituting a schedule would work. Not as rigid as school days, but some shape to their days so we all knew what to expect.
But activities are already pulling us here and there – and the lazy lull of summer is pulling me into a lovely unregimented sway.
But those little insects won’t let me rest for long. And before they pummel each other to the point of no return, I best set up some semblance of civilized society.
Our lives depend upon it.