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Pleasant Trip

Miriam Klein Adelman

I know most siblings argue and even fight at least at some point in their lives, but I can’t imagine they do it as much as my children. Especially on vacation.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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I know most siblings argue and even fight at least at some point in their lives, but I can’t imagine they do it as much as my children. Especially on vacation. From dawn to dawn, in the car, out of the car, in the cabin, out of the cabin, in the boat, out of the boat, on the hike, off the hike. “You always get to sit in the front, it’s my turn!” “Moooommy, it’s not fair — he gets to sit in the front on the way to the park this time and last time we went, three years ago, he also got to sit in the front.” And the names they call each other: freak, stupid, idiot. You’d think that’s how we speak in the house. Don’t the experts say that kids repeat what they hear in the house? How can I convince you that I have never in my life called somebody a freak? We went boating: “You don’t know how to paddle. I told you go to the right.” “Go left, go left, we have to go left. Okay, fine, I’m not doing anything and we’ll just turn in circles.” “I want to go back.” “You’re scared? Baby!”

Photo: Shutterstock

I know most siblings argue and even fight at least at some point in their lives, but I can’t imagine they do it as much as my children. Especially on vacation. From dawn to dawn, in the car, out of the car, in the cabin, out of the cabin, in the boat, out of the boat, on the hike, off the hike. “You always get to sit in the front, it’s my turn!” “Moooommy, it’s not fair — he gets to sit in the front on the way to the park this time and last time we went, three years ago, he also got to sit in the front.” And the names they call each other: freak, stupid, idiot. You’d think that’s how we speak in the house. Don’t the experts say that kids repeat what they hear in the house? How can I convince you that I have never in my life called somebody a freak? We went boating: “You don’t know how to paddle. I told you go to the right.” “Go left, go left, we have to go left. Okay, fine, I’m not doing anything and we’ll just turn in circles.” “I want to go back.” “You’re scared? Baby!”

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