There are some days that Bryan is home watching Theo while I'm at work. It's not uncommon for me to receive a few iphone camera shots with what they're up to, and a phone call once or twice detailing a humorous Theo story. The other day was no exception.
Bryan had asked Theo to pick up some of his toys, to which he was met with a loud and defiant "NO!" Now, let me just say that we don't expect this kid to wash his dishes, clean his room and make his bed. I mean, he's not even two yet. But he is entirely capable of picking up some of his dump trucks and tractors off the floor and putting them on the table. He has done it before with great success, and is a champion picker-upper at daycare so we feel this is not unreasonable. Theo had a differing opinion, apparently.
While Theo was launching Toygate, Bryan got a call from our daycare provider that she needed another check as the old one wasn't filled our correctly. She was out and about and was planning on stopping by in ten or so minutes. With that, a light bulb went off and Bryan saw an opportunity.
"Theo, if you don't pick up your toys I'm going to have to call D and then she'll come over and tell you to do it."
We have a huge picture window in our living room that looks out on our driveway and front walk up to the door. So when D's car pulled in the driveway and she got out, Bryan said Theo's jaw dropped and his eyes got wide. Frozen, he watched her go up to the door and ring the bell. As soon as Bryan opened it he heard:"Clean up! Clean up! Everyone do their share!"