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Fight Cloud

February 3, 2011
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When we go out as a family, the whole production is kind of like a cartoon fight cloud*

As a unit, we are totally uncoordinated and completely inefficient. We cannot even claim to be the sum of our parts. If we sent James out by himself, he would get more done in less time than the four of us on a mission.

The other day we went to a store to scope out items for our camper van. We were successful in that we didn’t have to buy anything that James broke and Jasper kept his peace thanks to my sway-pat-bounce skills. However, the meaningful discussions and careful considerations that can be had while navigating a cartoon fight cloud are limited.

We bought a few things which, at the time, seemed essential for a happy life on the road . It wasn’t until after we put the kids to bed and regained control of our mental faculties that we realized $100 is sort of a ridiculous amount to spend on a couple of pots that stack nicely. Also ridiculous: a plastic potty seat that snaps on to some collapsible metal bars. When I use a toilet, I do not want any part of it to be collapsible.

And so, we must eventually re-enter the cartoon fight cloud to return these items which puts us at a negative level of accomplishment. This is how that makes most of us feel:

*The above fight cloud is by artist Emilio Santoyo. He has a couple of other works that also depict family outings for us.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. bakerjac permalink
    February 3, 2011 6:52 am

    Ah, yes. How familiar that looks. Our outings are quite similar, for now – in 18 days they’re going to get drastically more chaotic. *sigh*

  2. elena permalink
    February 3, 2011 9:59 am

    Will Julia Roberts agree to star in Sway, Pat, Bounce? The fight cloud only dispels if you obey the (n-1) rule – where n = number of children. We have proven this rule countless times. (Actually, older kids do help except when they try to put their younger siblings in line using violence and then say things like, “But that’s what you do!”. And everybody stares.)

  3. Mark T permalink
    May 26, 2011 1:44 pm

    Wow…pretty sure those last two paintings depict some sort of drug- or alcohol-induced state and arsonists. Sounds like your family outings are pretty exciting!

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