I was on the phone with my mom. Tornado E was playing with pirates. Tornado A was sitting in my lap, making sure I never leave him again. Tornado S was doing time in time-out because he hit Tornado A.
I looked up to see Tornado S out of time out.
Me: (using The Voice) Get back on that chair.
Tornado S: (using his whiney voice) But you said I could get out! Tornado A stopped crying!
Me: (using The Voice) I did not say you could get out. Back in, and we’re starting over.
Tornado S: (Still whiney) But you said I could get out!
Me:(Still using The Voice) I did not. Do I need to add a minute for lying?
My mom chuckles as I reset the timer.
Me: (snapping) What?
My Mom: You and Tornado S.
Me: (In that whiney teen voice) What?
My Mom: (In her best Fae voice) “Did I need to add another minute for lying?” (She laughs.) God, I’m glad those days are over.