For some reason, we only recently -- like this very week -- clued in to the fact that the girls would reallyreallyreally enjoy having walkie talkies. As it happens, we had a set squirreled away amongst the junk in the basement. We told the girls about them and then refused to get off our lazy asses at that moment to go find them. Graceful nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged for a day or two until Pete put on his mining gear and went on the hunt. Two minutes later, he was back and plugging the walkie talkies in to recharge.
Yesterday, Graceful griped mightily about having to walk to school. It was cold, it was potentially wet out there and, if the school system was wise enough to open school two hours late, we probably should just drive instead of walkingl. At least, that was her thinking. As it happens, there was virtually no ice outside and therefore no reason not to walk. Because she is a smart negotiator, Graceful stopped whining long enough to request that they be allowed to use the walkie talkies on the way to school. We said yes -- anything to stop the incessant droning whine of the nine year old mosquito.
Elegant got dressed in record time and prepared her gear:
Alas, when we got outside, there were some technical difficulties, so the girls didn't actually get to talk on the walkie talkies, but they pretended anyway. When we got to school, we confiscated the communications devices, because can you just imagine what would happen otherwise? The girls would somehow figure out how to get them working and then would be whispering plans to each other throughout the day.
Today we are going to my father and stepmother's house, which is a fairly large abode with lots of nooks and crannies. The girls are planning to take the the walkie talkies with them and make use of all those closets and other hidden corners. I'm guessing they'll disappear when we walk in the door and all we'll hear for hours is bursts of static and then two girls speaking in code.
Y'all know this is just one step removed from giving the girls cell phones, right?