Friday, June 06, 2008

Cats and Dogs

It's the 6th day of summer and my daughters are fighting like cats and dogs. Actually, I had a poodle and Siamese cat growing up and they were perfect friends! The cat loved to clean the dog's neck, I seem to recall. So fighting like cats and dogs is not such an accurate term.

They are fighting like ... sisters!

Last night my four kids and I were working at the parsonage, pulling weeds and spreading mulch. They were picking at each other then, too. I grew up with 3 brothers. I don't understand how to referee these girls, so I turned to Beth, the pastor's wife, for advice. She raised 3 daughters. She smiled and replied, "It doesn't get much better...." Great!

I know, I'll quote scripture to them. Isn't that usually helpful? Here's a good passage:

"In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." -- Ephesians 4:26-27

Do you suppose that would have stopped the cuss words from flying? Would it have deterred my younger daughter from walking decidedly to her brother's room and picking up a baseball bat because, "I'm going to kill her!" Would it have stopped my older daughter from smirking the entire time I was reading her the riot act about getting along?

I have a home office. Imagine my mortification, being on the phone with a client and hearing, "Get away from me you stupid _____" being screamed at the top of one child's lungs.

The writer of Proverbs 17:17 tells us, "A friend is always loyal, and a brother (sister) is born to help in time of need." When exactly is THAT going to kick in? I think back to my own experiences of contention with my brothers, how I lost my temper with them, screamed, cried, carried on and swore I would never, ever be thankful that I had brothers. (Of course, I was the youngest, the victim, completely innocent at all times, I assure you!)

So what is left, then? To simply respond, "This too shall pass?" I'm caught in the crossfire of hormone central. Who shall deliver me from this wretchedness? (LOL) How can these sisters be made to co-exist?

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