My kids are starting to collaborate together as partners in deviance against their mother. The first sign was on Monday at an evening picnic. The kids had been playing on the swings and slide for an hour while my girlfriend and I tried to figure out how to start bbq charcoals without our men around. When the chicken finally cooked, I asked the kids to sit at the picnic bench. They usually sit at the table at dinner time and know to do that, so this shouldn't have been an issue. But the playground was so close and beaconing. LittleMan tried to escape first and I called him back to the table with the extra encouragement of special Paleo brownies after dinner. Then GirlFriend decided she was done and made a break for it. She was not coming back with my words so I started to go fetch her when LM grabbed my arm and tried to hold me back. I paused and thought about what was happening... was he trying to stop me from getting her? helping her avoid capture? I had to laugh because that would be so cute. I said, "LittleMan are you aiding you sister's descent?" "You guys are teaming up against me!" He got a kick out of it. I pretended like he was strong enough to really hold me back for a bit. We all thought it was funny. But also the start of trouble.
Then this evening after getting home from daycare something similar happened again. GirlFriend climbed out of her car seat like David Copperfield and into the front seat to take a turn driving the car. Then she found my makeup in the center console. I had to pull her out of the car because it would have been too messy an affair and too expensive to replace. She was very upset that she couldn't play with the makeup and decided to run away. Oh dear, here is a preview into the teenage years. She ran to the edge of our yard, stopped, looked back at me, took a couple steps father, looked back at me... My arms were full with their lunch boxes and shoes. I asked LM to go grab her. He pretended that he didn't hear me and took off running in the other direction. I found him by the garage and asked him again to go get her, "Go get your sister. Go get her. Go ahead." I knew that she would go with him but she might run away from me. So he started to fulfill my request but then decided to try to knock the driveway lamppost over instead. lol. I realized that they were doing it again; teaming up to help keep the other one out of trouble. GirlFriend was getting bored that I wasn't pursuing her so she make a tactical adjustment. She cut across the yard to the driveway and started going down the driveway towards the street. LittleMan was still just letting her go. I dropped the bags and ran to her. When I arrived she had a huge grin on her face, the kind that is so cute that you can't help but smile too. I picked her up and headed inside saying, "mutiny! I can't believe it. mutiny against me!" I made LittleMan carry the bags as penalty for not following my directions and getting his sister. He didn't mind so I bet he thought the short lived revolution was worth the punishment.