Thanks to Allerginpalooza 2007, Al came home a few nights ago with a sinus headache to beat the proverbial Big Brass Band.
Overheard after dinner:
Megan: Honey go lie down now, please. I'll clean up the kitchen. It's MY job, you know.
Al: I'm gonna help you then lie down.
M: I appreciate your wanting to help but you need to take care of yourself so you don't get sick. I'll do this. There's not much to do, really.
A: I'M HELPING.
M: The staff at your office is gonna be very confused when I show up to do YOUR job next week, don't you think?
A: Come on ahead and do it! Please!
M: I don't know why you have to be so stubborn.
A: Learned it from the pro! (Looks at me.)
Bean: No!! BE NICE!
M: We're just kidding with one another, baby. Daddy and Mama aren't mad or fighting.
Bean: NO. Stop it! (Takes Al's hand) Daddy, yoooou're the Daddy. And dass Mama. Daddy wess go wie down agedder and wet Mama do HER WORK. Come oooon. Be nice and don't be meana each udder. Dass NOT! NICE!
And she drags Daddy over to the sofa and helps him lie down, gets her doctor kit and starts working on him, while I finish the dishes.
It's helpful to have strong reinforcements in situations like these.