Me: Beau, you know you’re not supposed to beg for food.
Beau: I wasn’t begging. Auntie Annie offered.
Me: And you know better than to accept.
Beau: Says who?
Me: (sigh) Me?
Beau: Right. Anyone else?
Me: Beau. Be polite.
Beau: I am being polite. She’s a guest. I’m just being polite in accepting what she offers. You want me to be rude?
Me: I want you to follow house rules.
Beau: Ha! Well that’s not happening.
Me: Why not?
Beau: I told you. She’s a guest. Anyway. Maybe you should talk to her about disobeying house rules.
Me: Like that’s going to make a difference. She’as incorrigible as you are.
Beau: Is incorrigible something I can eat?
Me: Definitely not. It pertains to your shared habit of breaking rules.
Beau: Well then, that’s definitely a good habit for us to share. (turning back to my sister) Can I have another cracker please?
Sigh. My sister is visiting from Gabriola Island. She doesn’t believe in following the rules, at least not where Beau’s concerned. But then, neither does he.