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Shannon Keith/The Daily Reflector. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflecto

Shannon Keith/The Daily Reflector. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Keith: Having the house to myself

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Last weekend, something rare happened in my home — I had the house to myself for three whole days.

My wife, Jenny, spontaneously decided to take our three children to Richmond, Va., to visit the grandparents for a couple of days. Since I had to work on Saturday, I was left behind to fend for myself while they were away.

I was in the middle of fishing our 3-year-old son, Brody, out of the toilet for the second time that day when Jenny told me about the trip to Richmond. Brody and his twin sister, Addison, have really done well with potty training so far, except for Brody’s tendency of not telling us when he is sneaking off to use the bathroom and his habit of lifting both lids before he sits down. More times than not, this scenario ends with a loud splash and a cry for assistance. It also doesn’t help that water, made blue by the 2000 Flushes we use, makes his backside look like an Easter egg after you pull him out. If I had any reservations about being left alone at home for a couple of days, the sight of my son’s blue rear end was enough to get me onboard with them getting out of town.

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