Thursday, July 31, 2008


Just so you know, I can't talk.  I've been jinxed.

Much thanks goes to my 13 year old who learned how to do this and shared it with my 10 year.  Thanks again to the 10 year old for sharing it with the 8 year old.  And, yeah, the 6 year old bought into it BIG time. 

Don't remember how jinxing works?  Two people unintentionally say the same words at the same time.  One yells, "JINX," thereby muting the second person.  The jinxed or muted person cannot speak until someone calls his or her name.

I was first jinxed this morning by saying, "I love you," to my child.  Not a bad way to go since he had told me he loved me at the same time.  I finally got out of that silencing when his brother was unhappy with his breakfast options and opted to whine my name repeatedly.

Later, two of the boys and I began to nag the oldest boy.  "Come on," gave way to simultaneous, "JINX!!!" and somehow the three of us were all silenced. 

We've been pantomining for an hour now.  We've pantomined all the things we will do for the 10 year old if he will simply say our names. 

This 10 year old, who spent much of the first half of his life silenced by severe speech issues, loves solitude and quiet.  And this 10 year old boy just smiled at us and walked out of the room all without ever saying our names.

At this point we are wondering, do giggles count as talking??


Laura ~Peach~ said...

CAution Caution Caution!

Unknown said...

Let us know how and when the tape comes off! :) I will need to borrow some of that tape for the wedding saturday! WAIT...definately need it for the rehaersal dinner friday night!

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

Can you send them to my house? I may be able to get some blogging, I mean homework done with the silence enforced.

Anonymous said...

Did it hurt when you pulled that off?

I am glad you didn't use duct tape :)for the photo!

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

Can one of us unJinx you?

Keeper Of All Things said...

I love it....I wish my kids played that way
We play jinx,pinch,poke, you owe me a coke
I think I'll tell them the new rules!!! I'm liking yours way better

Jan said...

My family used to play that game too!

Big Hair Envy said...

Giggles should NOT count as talking. They are completely involuntary!!!

Bawhahahaha! I will be laughing about your taped-mouth picture the rest of the evening!!!!

Unknown said...

Duct tape would serve a double purpose and take care of any unwanted facial hair.
And since I live alone, I have a terrible time with dicipline!

Anonymous said...

giggles count. I read the rule book.