Friday, March 15, 2013

A rat's attic?

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Brian plugged away in his home office while Lily and Clara played in their bedroom.  The three and five year old girls made a fair amount of noise most of the time, giving him a relaxed sense of security.  There were enough “Daddy, can I have…” questions, just enough to reassure him that the girls were playing benignly.

With confidence, Brian finished his projects and phone calls, and then went to check on the little girls.  He encountered a construction of impressive size.  Stacked atop a sturdy round child table (IKEA) were three Ikea stools, upon which was laid a TV tray top.  Balanced on the tray were a Barbie suitcase and some lunch boxes. 
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From layer to layer, Brian followed the tower.  It rose to just below the in-ceiling attic hatch.  The hatch was cracked open with a toy broom wedged in the opening. 

“Girls…what did you do…?  Brian’s voice drifted off as he appreciated the stability of structure.

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Both were coloring quietly.  Without looking up, Lily sweetly told him.  “Well, Daddy, we heard you say something about I don’t give a rat’s attic about…, so we decided to check for rats in the attic.”  Giving her daddy a smile, Lily concluded.  “We didn't see any rats, so it’s okay…”

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  1. Hmmm...brave little girls to tackle an attic on their own ... and ... lucky Daddy to be so sweetly misheard.

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    1. Fortunately no little girl was harmed, and now we have a family story.

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  2. A good thing Daddy used a word substitution. Ha I'd rather go exploring in an attic than a basement.

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    1. Well, actually Daddy didn't use a word substitution...the girls didn't understand the phrase, so they made the substitution themselves.

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  3. :-)

    I love it.

    "I don't give a rat's attic..." I just may have to use that!

    Pearl

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    1. You may use freely! Looking forward to seeing what you and how!

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  4. LOL great substitute word and what the power of a kids mind can muster up. Although my little rhyming attic wouldn't work as well as you know haha

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    1. I am certain you could work it in some rhyming post, somewhere, sometime.

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  5. That's hilarious! I assume (atticsume?) you are giving permission for ALL your readers to borrow that phrase?

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  6. Such brave and talented small people. I doubt I could build a stable structure to reach that high. And yes, I too love the rat's attic. And if we had an attic the rats would claim it as their own. They scamper through the ceiling on a regular basis. And I do give a rat's attic and would prefer they moved on.

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    1. Children are amazingly agile. Being lightweight, their constructions can hold them.
      I would not put up with rats and their attics.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!