Begin supper prep and ask stringbain to finish breakfast dishes in sink so I can wash lettuce.
Ask Limabain to set table.
Stringbain puts greatest 80's hits on and we all begin working to the Cars and Rapper's Delight.
Mainbain comes out of his office/laundry room "done for the day."
Ask mexcianjumpingbain to pick up and put away shoes by the front door.
He stomps off scowling.
Ask mjb to come back (3 times) and then explain how he's part of a big family and we all chip in.
When that doesn't work, I pull the guilt card and ask him if he knows what an orphan is and how everyone in the world is not blessed with a mom and dad and brothers.
I ask myself if I was too harsh after he walks away.
See butterbain come into kitchen with his cell phone - it's an old one that's not in service - but he's chatting away and gets and apple out of crisper with phone tucked to his cheek.
Put finishing touches on supper and the coup de gras:
limabain says, "Mom, you might want to go check on mexicanjumpingbain, he's having a total breakdown....."
Avoid disaster and actually sit down to supper together and pray.
No one spills anything, we just talk about the day and what we are going to do tonight.
Hide and go seek is at the top of the list this evening..and I'm always 'it' first.
Even thought this is a typical night - there are no re-runs.