Sunday night Kathleen was off somewhere (probably on a bender, or possibly looking into our apartment building) and the kids and I decided to stay up and watch a movie. The movie was "My Neighbor Totorro," a strange Japanese animated film that my kids love.
Since we were watching a movie, I decided to make some popcorn. Since regular butter is so greasy, sometimes we use "buttery topping", which is this buttery seasoning which comes in a spice jar and is a fine sticky powder.
I disappear downstairs for a minute or two to check on a conversion job my computer was doing. Suddenly, I here Anna's voice through the floor. "Dad? You better come back up here and see this."
I run upstairs. Sam has taken the top off the buttery seasoning and dumped it all over the TV room carpet. The sticky powder is everywhere. I start yelling, and take Sam and send him up to his room. We get the mess cleaned up. Its close to bedtime now anyway, so the remaining two kids got to watch the movie for a few more minutes before it was time for bed.
Finally I get everyone in their pajamas and into bed. I am saying goodnight to Sam, and talking to him about his misbehavior.
"Sam, You know when you behave badly like that, it makes me sad."
"That's okay Dad, because I really don't like you."
"Except for the part that likes video games. Other than that part, I really just don't like you."
"Well, I'm sorry about that Sam, because I love you." I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing until I got downstairs.