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Birthday with a Bite

A lady doesn’t share her that it’s her birthday unless she’s shopping at a shoe store that offers a birthday discount.  Then she will shout it from the highest mountain top if needed.

So, my birthday was the thirteenth.  As you can tell I was pretty psyched for my $5 off birthday coupon at the shoe store.  Before I went shopping I had a lovely breakfast with my boys.  I told them that some of the best presents I had were their Dad and the two of them.  I said that I was very lucky to have two of the best sons in the whole world. 

“I love you no matter what,” I said.

“Even if we bite somebody?” asked T.Puzzle.

T.Puzzle has an unfortunate history of biting.  I would like to say it’s a phase but if something last three years and has yet to stop, that’s more likely a life habit (life sentence?) than a phase. 

I didn’t hesitate to reply to him yet it pained me ever so.

“Yes, T.Puzzle.   I love you even if you bite somebody.”

Unless you bite me! 

 Did I say that out loud?

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When the Shark Bites (Part Two)

Part of what sisters do is share their challenges when it comes to child-rearing. Some kids in the brood challenge us in different ways at different times. Some seem as if they might be gifted at pushing their mommies’ buttons (they shall remain nameless in hopes of reducing their future therapy bills). My sister Skee finished telling a particularly frustrating time with one of her kids and then I went on to describe the horrible biting phase of little T.Puzzle.  How it started when he was barely walking (just under a year) and continues to this day. The fortunate part is that now his only victim is his brother (I can’t tell you how relieved I am he is keeping it in the family so the world at large is safe). Then I went on describe how just last week he bit his brother so hard, he almost drew blood. He must have been listening to what I said because less than 24 hours after I shared this story, he struck again. This pic is of the bite mark he inflicted on Full Speed. Full Speed claims this bite attack was unprovoked. I highly doubt it.

This is possibly the longest biting streak on record. Maybe little T.Puzzle could win a cash prize of some sort from the Guiness Book of World Records. My guess is, he will have to use it to pay his lawyer. Full Speed isn’t going to let him go unpunished.