This just in...G.I Joe inspires virtue around here like nobody's business.
My oldest child just earned the reward of his choice after filling his pom pom jar with the tangible evidence of his hard work in the areas he most needed to improve. This child was looking for ways to help out in order to cinch the deal and finally get his hard earned paratrooper.
"What can I do to help?" he asked me sweetly this morning.
"Uh..let's see...you could wipe the table down after breakfast."
"Thank you, Mama, I am glad to help. I will do these things even after I get my G.I. Joe."
"You will?" I said incredulously.
"Yes. Oh, yes. I mean...I should. I should do these things anyway, right?"
Well sure. It's hard to argue with that. But I thought to warn him,
"It is very easy to make promises when you are happy and about to be rewarded, but it is very difficult to keep such promises."
"Is it? That's too bad. I wish I could always be so good."
And I wish I could be as well, dear child... I wish I could be as well.