so i read to the boys every night. (well most nights) and we’ve covered a wide range of books from star wars to classics. we just finished not too long ago “how to eat fried worms.”
we were working outside fixing a busted pipe in the sprinkler system, when i spotted a big worm…and well here’s a little conversation if you will:
me:OH look! a WORM! I DARE YOU TO EAT IT!
me: haha! just like in the book! i.DOUBLE.DARE.you.
husband: (watching the exchange decides to chime in ) yeah it’s not that bad. it just tastes like dirt.
me and the boys stare at him in disbelief…
husband: what? oh what? you never ate a worm before?
me: uh NO.
husband: (big grin on his face) yeah, i was a brave kid.
me: yeah, well i was a SMART kid.
husband: bends over stares right at me and takes the worm and EATS IT.
me: AHHHHH! GROSS i have to kiss you!
both husband and i look over to the two older boys because it got reeeeal quiet.
both boys with stars in their eyes say: OH MY GOSH DAD YOU ATE A WORM!!! THAT.WAS.SO.TOTALLY.AWESOME!
then the oldest picks one up and EATS IT!
then the second oldest picks one up and EATS IT TOO!
me: what the?!i can not believe you guys just did that.
husband: you double dared them to.
me:WELL YEAH but i didn’t think they would REALLY do it!
both boys bouncing around super excited and chattering a mile a minute saying things like: “they aren’t going to believe we did it! we’re going to tell everyone mom dared us and we did it!!!! “WE ATE A WORM!!” (great all anyone is going to get from that is that I, THE MOTHER DARED THEM TO DO IT)
husband: uh obviously you don’t know the first rule about boys…
me: oh yeah what’s that?
husband: never double dare a boy into anything…because they have to do it.
me: hmmm i may have to remember that…
husband: hahaha…oh no.
he later confessed that the first thing that went through his head when he put the worm in his mouth was “nope, i was wrong, i think i just read the book. i don’t think i’ve actually ever experienced this before”