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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Game (12/06/12)

TITLE: Bathroom Patty-Cake


You are cordially invited to learn the art of Bathroom Patty-Cake. Besides my morning cup of coffee and time with God in His word every morning, enjoying a jolly round of Patty-Cake on the floor of my bathroom with my children is my favorite part of the day.

All that is required is a competitor. Mine is my equally clever and quick handed fourteen year old daughter. She has a tag team partner, her three old sopping-wet sister. Tag team partners are not necessary however; they do make the game more interesting especially if water is involved.

The key is to put the tag team partner in the bathtub surrounded by troll dolls, plastic whales, and rubber ducks. These items will divert the tiny oneís attention long enough that you can gain the upper hand on your opponent and win a match or two. Once her attention span lapses, you can bet on a losing streak.

Next, you will want to position yourself on the floor, legs crossed and with plenty of room for fluid arm movement. I prefer to position myself between the tub and the toilet and leave my competition squeezed between the vanity and the linen closet. Her legs are then pulled in uncomfortably close and her elbows hit the doors of either if she gets to going too fast.
Staring in each otherís eyes without smiling sets the tone for a heated match but beware that it often ends in laughter and the first round is a flop. With hands in the air and facing one another, each player works together to come up with a somewhat complicated patty-cake game. Once the game is practiced slowly, the two parties will then devise a rhyme of sort to accompany the hand slapping. One everything is decided upon, the players must reenact the practiced game and verse at and extremely fast pace. The first one to mess up on either the logistics of the game or the verse loses.

My daughter often tells me that I am heavy handed and hit her hands too hard. Sometimes, she will even roll back on the floor in mock pain so that I will have sympathy and go easy on her in the next round. Once she realizes that such shenanigans do not affect me, she will call in her sister for assistance. Close attention must be made to the signals between the tag team partners because if you are not careful, you could end up with a wet washcloth on your head. This seems to be the tactic of choice.

Caution is also advised if you have had a hard day at work or some other sort of stress because it will soon vanish and you will not have anything left to complain about. The kind of laughter that makes you feel like you might pee on yourself or that makes you cry, is to be expected. Expect the bathroom floor to be covered in water and maybe some bubbles so a towel should be on hand. Then, go to bed later on game-night and remember your losing moment and the smile on your childrenís faces. Remember the time you laughed so hard that snot came out your nose and grossed them out.

Finally, thank God for those moments and reflect on how oftentimes we complicate our lives and run through it so fast that we overlook what really matters.

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C D Swanson 12/14/12
I enjoyed this so much! I remember games of patty-cake. They were hilarious. My cousin and I would always play this each time the families met.

Thanks for sharing. I loved the memories in my own mind as well.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/15/12
This is such a clever entry. I thought it was quite innovative to format it like the directions of a game one might buy. You balanced the dry, direct wording with a whimsical tone that drew me right into the story. I know it couldn't have been easy to find that balance. You covered the topic in a unique way while still showing the reader to cherish those precious little moments. This piece reminds parents to take time and after the tragedy at the Connecticut school, this reminder is more important than ever. Great job.
Wilma Schlegel12/17/12
You've managed to balance slippery, messy and maybe painful (?) behavior with plain old fun - something we forget to take time for. There's nothing like silliness! Play on, enjoy those little ones and let them know you really do!
Nicely written.
Meghan Andersch 12/18/12
Thank you for sharing this sweet story. Nicely written. :)