62 thoughts on “House Rule No. 4

  1. My father-in-law had his favorite chair. When the family all got together it was hard for him to keep his seat. He developed quite a trick deflecting our attention away so that the person in his chair would leave it for reclaiming by him. Funny that the only ones who eventually would fall for this trick were blood relatives; we in-laws wouldn’t bite. His tricks always involved something he saw outdoors that would require going to a window. One day he exclaimed from the kitchen, “Look! A hot air balloon is going up at the ballpark!” Nobody got up. Nobody responded. He got quite animated before anybody actually checked out his story. There WAS a hot air balloon at the ball park just leaving the ground! Ha!

  2. When we were younger me and my siblings could do this to each other. Mom and dad had their own seats and we didn’t dare grab them! It got to the point we kids didn’t even sit in Dad’s chair when he was working and we were home! It was just his, period.

  3. Growing up, we played a reverse concept of the five minute rule. If you vacated prime butt real estate, another sibling would immediately take your spot. But, if you returned within a set amount of time (about 5 minutes), you could kick them out and take it back. If you were absent for “too long,” then your spot was adversely possessed.

    Hours were spent discussing the finer points of how long was “too long.” The three of us have yet to settle on a definition.

  4. I think 5 minutes is way more than fair. Of course in our house, there is one comfy chair. And it belongs to Wonderbutt. Fortunately, he deigns to allow me to share it with him.

    Love the Halloween header!

  5. Story of my life growing up with 5 brothers! Of course, my own kids do the same thing now. We have this one super comfy recliner and they’ve actually managed to schedule who gets to sit in it on specific days. (love your new banner!)

    1. Of course! I remember one particular Friday night, a big fight broke out and my father banished us all to the floor. We piled pillows and blankets and made a big nest right in front of the tv, and it was actually kinda nice :)

  6. I am impressed that you all managed to wait for five minutes! Love the fight scene. Right now my kids are small enough that they fit in the best seat together. Not sure what will happen the day they finally don’t.

    1. I can tell you what will happen. The bigger one will sit on the smaller one until the smaller one squeals and then hair will be pulled and then someone (maybe both) will yell “I’m telling!” and then they’ll find you hiding under a sink and then you’ll pretend you weren’t hiding from them, gather your dignity and then race them to the seat and declare it yours for all eternity.

      1. I love how you had all the pieces scattered in that scene. You always have such original ideas! If I ever find someone under the sink, I’ll be so shocked, I’ll get over the argument. That’s hilarious.

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