Time to Cause Trouble


I have been responsible and well-behaved long enough!

I have not spend my money frivolously.  I have been trying really hard to eat healthier.  I’ve focused my time on business plans, brain storm meetings, marketing studies, and business classes.  I’ve even been cleaning my bedroom!  If I don’t get into some trouble soon I think I will explode.

The question is, what kind of trouble do I want to get into?  There are rules about getting into trouble if it is going to be done right.

  1. Take a friend.  It’s not as much fun if you can’t share it and sometimes you need a witness.
  2. It HAS to be fun and not something you would normally do.
  3. If you are going to do something stupid, do it with style.
  4. Don’t be afraid to look silly.

Did I get it?

 I needed some new after baby clothes and for once had a decent amount of money to spend.  I took my oldest daughter (19) with me to go shopping at the mall.  We weren’t finding anything that either of us liked enough to spend the money.  As it was clearance season decided to go the most expensive store in the mall.  We started looking through the dresses and were amazed at how hideous some of these items were.  We started picking out outfits for each other.  They got more and more hideous as we went along.  We had so much fun that we decided to do it in another store.  We didn’t buy anything that day, but we had the best time going from store to store and putting together the worst looking outfits for each other.  At one store that was very slow the sales girl joined us.  We got some of the strangest looks from people, but that only made us laugh even harder.

It had been an extremely difficult day.  I was tired and cross.  My young children were imitating the Energizer Bunny (just going and going and going).  After an early dinner, I declared it a movie night.  While they were getting ready for bed I popped popcorn and pulled out the sofa bed.  They each came back out carrying a pillow and blanket.  It was a great (and quiet) evening.

My sister and I (both grown women) sneaked out of the house one evening after dark.  We went to the park to swing on the swings.  I decided that I was going to swing high and jump of like we did when we were kids.  After leaving the swing I was carving a beautiful arc through the air until I realized that I was much higher than I had anticipated. After a very ungraceful landing that involved tumbling in the bark, skinned elbows and a few slivers I decided that maybe it hadn’t been such a good idea in the first place.

Sometimes trouble finds us.  It at these dangerous times that need to be prepared to enjoy every delicious moment of it.

I was having a stressful morning in my home office.  My boss was being a bit of a pain, deadlines were looming and I was starting to feel overwhelmed and frustrated.  My grandmother poked her head around the corner and asked if I wanted to take the afternoon off and go to lunch and a movie.  I did not hesitate.  I sent my boss and e-mail letting him know that I was taking the rest of the day off, closed my computer and left.  I enjoyed a fun afternoon with my mother and grandmother.  That delightfully wicked feeling of playing hooky made it even better.

I was bending over the tub giving my young sons a bath one evening when I was surprised by my ex squirting me from behind with a water balloon.  Quickly getting the boys out of the tub and wrapping them each in a towel I took after my ex.  He was standing in the kitchen laughing at me feeling every bit the victor.  I calmly walked over to the kitchen sink.  Turned on the water and proceeded to squirt him with the hand nozzle.  In response he grabbed the squirt bottle of water I had used for our daughters hair and proceeding to squirt me back.  I ran into the kid’s bathroom and grabbed their plastic bucket.  I filled it with water and promptly dumped it over my ex’s head when he came in to squirt me again.  This impromptu water fight did not last more than a few minutes, but it was deliciously wicked breaking house rules.

DISCLAIMER:  No furniture or carpets were harmed during the exchange of water. 

NOTE: Children were strictly prohibited from participation due to not meeting the age or height requirements.

What am I going to do today?  I think I will kidnap my daughter from school and take her to the movies.  Puss and Boots is playing at the dollar theater and she has been wanting to see that.  We can play hooky together!

Remember, if you can’t be good, be good at it.  Have some trouble this weekend!

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