This has escalated to become a regular occurrence, though I don’t do it every day by any means. I like to keep them on their toes. I’ve hidden on the porch, behind bushes, behind other houses, inside our house, etc. Sometimes I give them a real chase, sometimes I’ve hidden well enough that I catch one by surprise right away and call it good, saving myself the near-vomiting that the exertion causes me. Most of the time I say, “Sorry, not today folks.” There is a large group of kids that now follow Brennan to his door every day before going home to their own houses. I don’t really like doing this. But I like that I DO do this. Plus I’m a sucker for a good surprise. That’s what it really boils down to.
Today as I dreaded knowing that the kids would be home soon and I’d have to decided whether I was in or out, I had a brilliant idea:
Asher! How about today YOU chase the kids? And then I got really, truly genius. And Asher, you should totally DRESS UP like a Mom!!!
And he did. He tried to back out of it because he felt really embarrassed. He didn’t want the others to laugh at him even though I explained that that was the point. At the last second I mentioned that Brian Regan would do this to get a laugh. He was sold.