Sibling RivalryThe Pee Tyrant
This is a story that was edited out of my book, Surrendered & Untamed.
It’s a B-Side.
Years ago, after walking home from school, Aimee, Joel and I found the house locked. Mom wasn’t home and so we had to wait outside. After a couple of minutes, Aimee announced that she had to pee. A couple of minutes more and she told me “I’m going to go pee in the bushes.”
At 10 years of age, I thought that this was grossly inappropriate. Now if Joel had needed to pee, I would have told him to go pee in the bushes. But Aimee was a girl and so, well, it was just different.
I told her she wasn’t allowed to go pee in the bushes and that she would just have to hold it till mom got home. I thought I had made myself clear but…
She glared at me and said, “I will pee in the bushes if I want to.”
“I am the boss and you have to listen to me!” I shot back. Looking back, that statement never got the results I was looking for.
Aimee was beyond mad, enraged, yeah that’s the word. I think she said the first thing that came to her mind, “Then I’ll pee in my pants!!”
Now I was enraged as well. How dare she defy my command with such a disrespectful act! You see, if it was inappropriate to pee in the bushes it was definitely worse to pee in your pants.
Like any dictator, I didn’t appreciate being questioned. “You are definitely not going to pee in your pants” I yelled.
“I will too” she screamed back.
And then…she did.
Jason Clark is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.
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