Why oh why do kids not clear up after themselves? It's every generations headache and an old, old chestnut l know.
It's usually me who gives in and just takes dishes through to the kitchen. Today l cleared 5 glasses, 3 plates and 6 mugs from my son's den.
In the living room a plate with the remnants of a kebab lurked pungently, but l left it there until he popped home from school for lunch.
He ate a plate of noodles and l asked him to clear both plates when he was done. He didn't. Soy sauce swallowed the room.
Later as l collected the evidence together and began to walk to the kitchen, l turned and went into his bedroom and placed them upon his bed. I closed the door behind me for maximum effect.
When he returned from school he paused in his room, looking, figuring it all out. I lurked in the hall, he said loudly,
'Do you think l don't get this is a ploy on your part?'
Me, 'That may well be the case,'
Son, 'Well for that l will leave them, not playing these games.'
Me- appearing disappointed, but secretly knowing, with a touch of blag for good measure,
' Ok, fair enough, thought it would be a funny thing to do, don't get het up.'
I walked down the hall to the kitchen, smiling to myself.
Two hours later, he appeared in the kitchen, plates in hand, trying so hard not to smile, ' Don't gloat,' he said, dimples threatening.
Job done. I'll wait and see if this light-hearted episode will stay with him. There will be bigger and more important battles. I know.