When the stakes are high

February 12, 2013
Kenny Rogers knew what he was singing about when he sang: 'You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away.' If only I had folded before the stakes got too high!

It all started when my eldest daughter came to me sporting an almost empty box of chocolates. 'Someone has been sneeking into my room, and stealing my chocolates!' she told me. After some careful consideration we narrowed the number of suspects down to her three brothers, her sister and my husband.

First I went after my husband, but even though his stomach told a different story than his lips, I decided he was innocent. Which left us with four suspects. Unfortunately they were very convincing liars, and I just couldn't tell which one of them was a liar. It was then that I made my mistake, and raised the stakes to the unfortunate level they're at today.

'This is not how we do things in our family!' I told them. 'We should be able to trust each other, because without trust, what do we have? No trust! So, until one of you fesses up: No More Screentime for you!'
That shook them to their core. For a while they huddled in the kitchen, unsure of what to do next now that they couldn't turn to their little screens. 'One of them is bound to crack!' I whispered hopefully to my husband.

But the thing is, that was yesterday, and no one has come forward yet. Instead they're playing old fashioned games like Monopoly. Which is a nice bonus. But I've played my trump card, and now they're calling my bluff. With the stakes this high I can't afford to fold.

If only I had known when to fold them, and to walk away...

5 comments

  1. Ugh, I hate it when my kids call my bluff and I am out of plays! It's nice they are finding other things to entertain themselves with though! That really is an added bonus :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Don't fold. Don't fold. Don't fold!!! When the character of the heart is at stake, you just can't buckle. May the guilty party give in soon. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. This made me giggle - when I first started reading it, I thought you were headed in the direction of the Jimmy Kimmel parents who ate their kids Halloween candy. I hope the guilty culprit fesses up soon!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I agree with Karen...don't fold 'em!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Stay strong, my friend! Don't let them see you sweat. But I have to applaud their poker faces. Any development on the perp? Now I'm dying to find out who the culprit is!

    ReplyDelete

Hi, I just lóve comments, but please don't just tell me how you got here.

Please read the post as well, and leave a meaningful comment. I'll be sure to drop by your blog, return the favor!