Truth Behind the Irony

My husband was tested to his limit this weekend.

For three days, The Tackler cranked his super power up to max: his ability to not listen.

It drives CG crazy.

I’m not exactly a fan either, but I am better versed in how many children display such ability.

It tested Mommy Zen on Friday.

Then my husband let me sleep in on Saturday as he took the kids to a playground. I woke up rejuvenated and energetic.

I began Operation Organize House. This meant CG spent more solo time with the children… and by default, The Tackler’s super power.

Many time outs were had.

The Tackler spent much time in second floor exile.

I know it all too well.

It was my Friday.

But because I was seeking Mommy Zen, I tried to roll with it. This meant grabbing the camera to photograph irony.

90% of my son’s time outs are a result of his actions with his sister. Common offenses are snatching, hitting, pushing, or just being mean.

He sits in The Time Out Spot each time.

And half of the time, Lil Diva will do what she’s done since she became mobile: she will join him.

Some of the sweetest, most adorable shots of sibling “love” are taken while The Tackler is in time out for doing something to the same sister he appears to lavish affection upon.

The irony is not lost on me.

Like this:

"Um, this is time out. I do not think it means what you seem to think it means."

I hope his superpower fades a bit over the next few days.

But I’ll have the camera ready, just in case.

What is your favorite ironic photograph? Please share in the comments.

About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos ( sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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12 Responses to Truth Behind the Irony

  1. Gorgeous pic!!
    I think my twins exibit this super power often. N most especially. She is totally fearless of the repecussions of said not listening. Its like she will look you dead in the eye, smile and then politely carry on! WTF?
    A still has some semblence of recognition that he will get into trouble from his attitude.
    I sense a loooong battle coming with my “sweet” little girl. 😉

    • Oh yeah. I too feel the battle coming on.

      To top it off, The Tackler is really trying out this superpower lately. I think he’s turning it off at “school” then saving up the full power for at home.

      Lucky me.

      Trying to stay all Mommy Zen throughout it.

  2. Elena Aitken says:

    That’s a beautiful picture and a perfect reminder that despite all their tussles, there’s a whole lotta sibling love there! Great memory

  3. dianne says:

    We have the same irony going on at our house. It cracks me up every time the 3 year old is sent to time out for hurting his little sister and she always follows him and joins him in time out. You would think she would take the opportunity to play peacefully by herself for 3 minutes!

  4. John says:

    That’s truly a gorgeous picture, Kelly.

    My issue now is whenever one is taking a nap, the other gets bored & feels the need to wake the other. It makes for some very cute “grumpy/not-grumpy” photos if the one is faster than I give them credit for.

  5. OMG that is an adorable picture!!

    I’m not a fan of the not listening super power either! It’s been running at our household WAY TOO LONG!

  6. Irony is especially sweet when a time out can segue into a quote from the Princess Bride.

    Oh yeah.

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