When Triplet Toddlers Do The Dishes

No one likes to do the dishes. Well, except for the tiny trio (who are about to outgrow that moniker, by the way). As they take great delight in the chromed magic that is our dishwasher, opening and closing and once again opening its door. And even standing upon it if they’re feeling saucy. Of great fascination are the two racks which slide in and out. And the silverware holder? It rivals Dora.

Okay, that’s bullshit. Nothing rivals Dora. Except for possibly Caillou. Who’s bald at age four with no apparent medical condition which would require any type of hair-losing remedy. And whose parents are annoyingly empathetic, not to mention always successful in conveying moral-laden nuggets of wisdom in sing-songy fashion. And, oh, by the way, could someone please tell Caillou’s narrator to dial it down just a touch? This isn’t Shakespeare, girlfriend. It’s a borderline sanctimonious, B-minus cartoon about a bald kid. Yet, I digress. This post isn’t about Caillou. It’s about what happens when toddler triplets do the dishes.

For our guys love to do just that. And they have quite the discerning eye, often able to identify things as dirty which by our estimation appear quite clean, indeed. So this morning, when I went to put my cereal bowl in the dishwasher, I was treated to this:

Triplets 1, Apple Cider Vinegar 0

Mildly annoying, because we don’t want them to get hurt or break the dishwasher. Still, equally amusing, no? The dishwashing caper got their day off to a wonderful start. Or so I suspected when they sent me to work with three over-the-top smiles.

Bye, Daddy. Sorry about the Apple Cider Vinegar deal.

I like them so much better than Caillou.

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  • Patrick (Yeah, that one)

    Like. :-)  And so long as you can continue to convince them that washing the vineg.. dishes is a fun thing to do, you may be golden. 

    And Caillou?  Seriously?  If I wanted something remotely like that, I’d go find old collected Henry comic strips.  Why?  Because almost no one in them ever spoke.  Much more peaceful than the babbling of the TV.

    Side note from my lack of expertise: If said children are old enough to make intentional leaps down flights of stairs, they aren’t quite toddlers anymore.  Just sayin’. :-p

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      you make some sound points, my friend. except for Caillou. because, sadly, it’s that very babbling that usually quiets the babbling of my little ones!

  • s.a.

    I am sorry- that photo is criminally cute. 

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      @s.a. what a nice thing to say! thank you. i think they’re awfully cute, but, of course, i’m biased. the coolest thing about triplets is seeing the sweet love they have for one another. (when they’re not bickering, that is. but you wanna know the real criminal thing about it? the fact that they NEVER pose like that when we’re taking pics with our fancy SLR deal. i took that one w/ my phone. thanks for stopping by, not to mention taking the time to write that nice comment.

  • Jill

    Maybe your kids are onto something.  We occasionally pour some vinegar in our empty dishwasher and run it for a cycle to clean it.  Perhaps they were telling you that the dishwasher smelled a little off and needed a cleaning!?!

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      hmmm. thus confirming my long suspicion of their superior intellect? i like it. plus, given that they’re still pull their juice / milk from sippy cups, i dare say they’d be able to taste, even, if our dishwasher was off. that settles it, Jill. that’s officially what happened here. case closed. now if you’ll excuse me, i’m off to turn down the TV. they’ve got Caillou on a bit too loudly. (thanks for commenting!)

  • Kristin

    That Caillou digression was an incredibly apt digression.  God, how I hated that show.  It is so sanctimonious and Caillou is such a whiner.  My kids’ whining always increased after watching it, so I finally banned it!

    As for the point of the post, though…totally adorable.  My youngest is now 6, so I rarely find such gems anymore!

  • Anonymous

    So far, through the power of netflix we have managed to only show Backyardigans and Yo Gabba-Gabba…. We will see how long that lasts.


    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      Abby, i like the Backyardigans, although their songs tend to get stuck in my head for the following week.