This evening at dinner, we went around the table and did "best thing, worst thing" as usual (I've found that that's a good conversation starter, to ask each child to share their best thing and worst thing from the day, because if you just ask those little mofos what HAPPENED at school the answer, invariably, is "nothing"). Little Child said his Best Thing was that it was P.E. Day. I asked him what was so great about that, and he said "we do cool activities! Like today we all got to wear pedometers! They're awesome, they keep track of your steps like a 3DS!" Middly jumped in and agreed, and Big Child was a little sad because the pedometers are a new thing since he was at elementary school. Sad and CURIOUS. He asked the littles whether shaking the pedometers would work. "No!" they replied in unison, sounding annoyed.
"Why would you shake a pedometer? Work how," I asked, lost.
"You can shake your 3DS and fool it into thinking you're taking steps," Little Child informed me. Little Child, like his father, likes to Beat The System.
"Why would you want to fool your 3DS about how many steps you take?"
"Because it rewards you with coins when you walk that you can use to get games," Big Child said, with an air of disapproval. "I don't shake mine since we figured that out though, because that's like cheating. Then when you get a game with those coins it's like you STOLE it!"
"No, shaking it is still activity," Little Child rationalized. "It only lets you get ten coins per day that way though." I was about to say that was good, but then he continued--"so Middly and I change the dates!" Big Child and I pinched the bridges of our noses in unison; he takes after me.
Middly grinned. "I came up wiv dat one!"
One out of three kids with a moral backbone isn't bad when you consider what I spawned with, I guess?