Audrey asked for some help with spelling words after supper. She was making signs for her bedroom door:
Necessary signage completed, Benjamin (who apparently is either an honorary sister or simply a peon) then proceeded to stockpile weapons in her room.
Later while waiting for a clear spot at the bathroom sink for tooth brushing, Brynning asked me "Mama, how should I beat Audrey?" Apparently, they're at war. I offered my advice, gleaned from years of sibling interactions (and perhaps a few parenting books as well). Doing my best to look wise I told him "I'm going to give you my very best advice, and it will sound boring and silly to you, but I promise if you try it, it will work. The Bible says that we should love our enemies, and do good to those that persecute us. So I think you should try really hard to find lots of ways to love Audrey and be nice to her." Offering some inducement to actually follow this advice (because after all, I do know he's a medium-sized boy who really just wants to beat his sister at whatever this game is) I added "The Bible says that when we do nice things like that to our enemies, it's like heaping burning coal on their heads." Smiling hopefully, I finished with "Doesn't that sound like fun?"
He shook his head at me for a moment. "Good grief," he replied. "I'm never making you a general in my army!"
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