There’s this section of our backyard where the previous owners once had a large vegetable garden. JB would like to build a shop there someday, but for now it’s pretty much just a barren stretch of dirt and unwatered grass. For the last few days, Riley’s been talking about digging a “well” out there, and I’ve waved my hand in the universal Mom-language of Sure, okay, dig whatever you want, just don’t pester me right now. I’ve seen him working away with a narrow shovel, and I figured there would eventually be a small hole or two to deal with at some point. How much digging can an almost-eight-year-old really do, after all?

As it turns out:

Wait for it ....


72 Responses to “What could possibly go wrong?”

  1. Lesley T. on August 29th, 2013 6:47 pm

    Riley, you rule!

  2. Frema on August 29th, 2013 7:38 pm

    I’m having flashbacks to the Shawshank Redemption and Andy Dufresne digging his way out of prison via rock hammer. Not exactly parallel, but close enough. :)

  3. Melissa A on August 30th, 2013 5:43 am

    Somehow they can’t put their dishes in the dishwasher but can dig a 3 foot hole… It boggles the mind.

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  5. Meeshie on August 30th, 2013 7:40 am

    Best. Scrolldown. Evahhhhhhhh.

  6. Nancy on September 1st, 2013 5:41 pm

    Truly awesome post! The words are great, but the photo -especially with the scroll down – is priceless!!

  7. Jenn on September 3rd, 2013 7:33 am

    So awesome!

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    Oh man. HI-larious!

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    OMG I had this saved in my inbox and was just catching up on blogs and FUCKING GREAT this is the only reason I have ever seen to really, really, really make me want to have a second child. The best picture of the year hands down.

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    Oh man, that gave me a Calvin & Hobbs comic flashback!

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