The shower incident we talked about in my last post was just a minor deal compared to some of the water fights around our home, it all appears to have started back when Cindy and I were dating, I got my house all cleaned up and looking so good so I could make a good impression, needless to say by the time the day was over we actually had the kids dragging a water hose into my kitchen, this was their plan to give me a payback for simply squirting them with the kitchen sink sprayer, it was a lot of fun and mopping the floor more than once in a day works out well sometimes, even if a squeegee is involved.
The kitchen sink sprayer has come into play more than once, have you ever turned the water on to find the handle on the sprayer has been tied down with a rubber band, and the sprayer has been strategically turned to dowse you with a blast of the water you were expecting to come out of the faucet, this one has played out more than once and I fear it will happen again.
During a barbeque or birthday party I have seen water hoses appear from the houses on either side of us and once even from across the street, to meet up with ours for a neighborhood water war so to say, we had the boys against the girls one evening that ended up with no winners and everyone wet, I didn’t have to water my grass for most of that summer. Even on our trip to New Mexico when Benjamin was born, we had a birthday party for Randy that ended up in a water fight.
Everyone got wise to the water hoses and would really pay attention, when folks get wise you have to improvise, five gallon buckets of water on the roof came into play to payback for a simple splash of water from a glass, Cindy got the first dose of this when she splashed Casey (the young man I told you about in Another Son) with a glass of water on her way off the porch going next door for a few minutes, on her return she was walking slowly looking for Casey to be sitting on the porch with a payback, just about the time she noticed he wasn’t there and relaxed, you could see the water hit directly on top of her head, Casey was sitting on the roof with a five gallon bucket of water.
This one worked so well that another friend used it on the neighbor girl, Falon had sprayed Dave with water and ran home before he could retaliate, stating that she had work to do and didn’t want to get wet, Dave agreed and allowed her to leave without incident, he calmly came back to our house and borrowed a five gallon bucket, filled it with water and climbed onto Falons roof, she was on the back deck cleaning up when Dave quietly walked to the edge of the roof and slowly dumped the bucket of water, we could hear her scream all the way to our front porch, she later told us that she could hear the sound of the water falling and knew it was too late to do anything but scream.
Yes there were paybacks but the funniest thing I remember on this one was Dave and Falon battling with hoses from our house and the neighbors, Casey jumped in to help Dave and was lying in the driveway between our vehicles attempting to kink the hose Falon was using, he actually had Dave’s hose which was a non kink hose and Dave saw what he was doing, so just to be fair Casey came away looking like a drowned rat and learned an important lesson.
In a game of water wars always let the people in charge of the nozzle know which side you are on, and if you are kinking a hose but the water is still flowing, turn loose of the hose and run.