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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Independence Day Tent Owners

Even though it's an 80 degree sunny American holiday, I couldn't let Independence Day pass without a post. After all, a big part of empowerment is independence.

Last night my kids wanted to pitch a tent in the yard because the neighbors were doing so as well. They found Dad's "Canada tent" in the garage and dragged it out to set up. When Dad went out to help them, he voiced his concerns about them using his "Canada tent" because if they wrecked the zippers, it wouldn't do him any good. After all, Canada is more notorious even than Wisconsin, for it's bat-sized mosquitos.

They ensured him that they would take good care, blah, blah, blah, but Dad was still pretty grumpy about it.

So they offered to buy it from him so he could get a new "Canada tent".

Our kids always seem to find a workaround for problems. He explained that he got it on a clearance shelf for $20, and he was sure they didn't have that kind of money.

"How about $10?", Curt asked. "Deena could give $5 and I could give $5." Dad just smiled the knowing smile that they would wear him down eventually.

After an hour of persistent bargaining, the deal was made.

Our kids are now celebrating the 4th of July as proud tent-owners.

Happy Independence Day!!


  • VERY cute. They remind me of my own 2, minds always working!

    By Blogger JenLo, At 4:59 PM  

  • Diplomats in the making, I figure;)

    By Blogger Pass The Torch, At 5:39 PM  

  • LOL! Your kids are great! They handled the situation in a way many adults wouldn't! How old are they?

    By Anonymous Anele, At 2:51 AM  

  • Hi anele! They are 7 and 9. Yeah, they're pretty cool. They're not always perfect, but I focus on the positive incidents on this blog;)

    Thank you for stopping by!

    By Blogger Pass The Torch, At 8:30 AM  

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