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when in doubt, hope for the best.

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we went to

one of my grandie’s soccer games

his day to bring the snack

a variety pack

filled with all things crunchy and wonderful

he was really excited to share the treats

but worried

that his favorites would all be gone

i told him that it was important to offer them all

and then to eat whatever was left

but

he might be able to up the odds a little bit

by putting his favorites at the bottom of the box

that way he was more likely to have them left over

and he didn’t have to feel bad

because he had offered all of them to his team

if he was meant to have them

they would still be there

if not

it was nice of him to have shared them

i watched as he thought it over

and

carefully put his ‘puffy cheetos’ on the bottom.

after the game he shared the snacks

and was delighted to see

that amazingly

his favorites were still there.

my daughter said that this was probably

the advice he would remember most from me

not to be kind, to be fair, or to take turns

but rather,

to put your favorites in the bottom of the box,

offer them to your friends

cross your fingers

and

hope for the best.

nothing wrong with hoping for the best.

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grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief

they haven’t thought of yet.

~ gene perret

nuts.

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recently

i’ve found myself

in an

ongoing battle of the wits

with the squirrels

who come to play in my yard

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and who

have recently

 kicked

their games of

mischief

and

merry-making

up a notch

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rearranging the candles

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messing up the table

eating buds from

the bright green gardenia plant

just as it’s about to bloom

tearing down and making off

with the tiny flags

and

leaving nothing but

 a trail of snacks behind

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i picture them holding secret meetings

inside the knothole

of the big tree out front

assigning jobs

creating new strategies

giggling

chattering

in their native squirrel language

discussing

how to

step up their game

and

i am

losing the battle

but

next

i’m

going to

 try to make friends with them

or

go undercover.

‘right now, we’re just trying to

beat the squirrels to the pine nuts.’

– arlene ward

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image credits: squirrelpicnic.com, rabbitwhiskers.com, littlenummies.net, those darn squirrels

 

 

“now let it work. mischief, thou art afoot. take thou what course thou wilt.” ― william shakespeare

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someone stopped by

for a bit of mischief

fairy dust

roses

glue

glitter paint

not a clue

who could have done this

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luckily

these three

baby r, baby v, nacho the cat

all had gone inside

the cottage

just

minutes before

i wonder

if they saw anyone

or

know anything

“they were becoming like a little mafia. if one committed a mischief, the others would not tell.”
– franco diligenti

double trouble

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baby j – i knew i had seen this guy somewhere before –

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i’m officially on spring break for 16 days and i get to play with the babies today while mom and dad run

the st. pat’s day race.

when we get together, we have energy to burn and we’ll be running our own race,

at least a marathon, all inside the house, i’m quite sure of it.

we’ve got mischief to make.

run, family, run.

Aye, I’m tellin’ ye, happiness is one of the few things in this world that doubles every time you share it with someone else.

Harry Lauder