So the kids were piling in the car the other night and Angus had brought with her 2 string cheese sticks while Youngest brought in a bag of smart popcorn. As I am driving, I hear Oldest and Youngest asking for some cheese which Angus is reluctant to share. Grudgingly she finally shares half of one with Oldest and eats the other whole herself. Youngest has been steadily crunching her popcorn and asks again for some cheese.
"Ok," Angus says. "I'll make a deal with you. The rest of this cheese for the rest of your popcorn."
"Deal!" Youngest says, and hands over the bag as Angus gives her the half stick of cheese.
I can see Youngest in my back view mirror begin to quickly eat the cheese. Angus sticks her hand in the bag and shouts, "Hey! There's nothing left! You cheated me!!"
"Nuh uh!" Youngest mumbles as she shoves the rest of the cheese in her mouth.
"That's so wrong!" Angus fumes. "There's no popcorn left! We made a deal! Cheese for popcorn! You cheated me!"
"No I didn't, there was still some in the bag!"
"It's crumbs! Just crumbs!" Angus is furious.
Oldest and I are giggling.
Angust shouts, "That's not funny!"
"Well it is funny," I say. "But not nice."
"Yeah that's not nice! She cheated me!"
"No I didn't!" Youngest says earnestly. "She didn't ask me how much was left in the bag. She should have asked how much was left first. That's not my fault. That's her fault!"
Angus has just learned the important lesson of caveat emptor and Youngest has proven herself to be a devious little conniver. That's my girl.