So Tracy and I were playing on the pier at the River House. Someone, probably me, got the bright idea of getting into the boats. All I know is that I got into the motor boat, and Tracy got into the row boat. Both were tied to the pier, so we weren't really going anywhere.
We started to play a game where we were captains of our ships. We were at war with each other, and since the boats were tied on different sides of the pier we were hurling insults and splashing water at each other across the pier. At first Tracy had the advantage because she had oars in her row boat. But after some rummaging around I found a pair of oars in the motor boat too.
Since the motor boat was taller than the rowboat and therefore further away from the water, it was harder for me to splash Tracy so I was getting the worst of it. I retreated under the glass windshield of the motor boat, where I was distracted by the control panel. When Tracy saw that I had a steering wheel and a bunch of other cool controls to play with, she realized that the motor boat was more fun. She got onto the pier and ordered me out of the motor boat.
Usually I would just roll over and do what she wanted. But this was one of those rare occasions where I told her no. I wouldn't give up the motor boat. I was there first and I wanted it to be my ship. Being the nice little sister, I told her that she could come on board and we could play in it together. She said she wanted to steer, and that she wanted to be the captain. So I didn't budge because I wanted to be the captain too.
She got in the boat with me and told me to get out. I didn't. Then she started to really get into it with me, threatening to tell mom.
Now, I really don't know why this was her big go to card with me, but it worked. Any time she wanted me to do something and I wouldn't all she had to say was "If you don't, I'll tell mom!" and I would comply. She would do this with everything and it worked like a charm.
I was really mad when I got out of that motor boat. So mad, in fact, that I said "You want to be captain? You want to steer? Fine. YOU STEER THEN!" I marched over to the post of the pier and untied the motor boat, setting my sister adrift down the river.
To be continued...
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