"Who will help me bring in the groceries from the car?" asked the mom.
"No thanks," said Cortlen.
"I'm busy," said Camber.
"I will!" said Kellen, and he did.
"Who will put on your swimsuit without dumping the contents of your dresser on the floor?" asked the mom three times.
"I will!" said Kellen right away.
The other two preferred to chase each other around the front yard with sticks.
"Who will help me pack the cooler for the pool?" asked the mom.
"Me! Me!" said Kellen.
Camber and Cortlen were too busy stomping on a colony of ants to be bothered.
"Who is ready to go to the pool?" asked the mom.
Kellen was already in the car. The other two laughed and ran into the backyard.
"See you later!" said the mom to Camber and Cortlen as she backed her car down the driveway. She stopped at the bottom of the driveway long enough to pick up two screaming children before continuing on to the pool.
"Who wants to go swimming?" asked the mom to her three kids when they arrived at the pool.
"I do!" said Kellen.
"Me too!" said Cortlen.
"Me three!" said Camber.
"All right," said the mom. "Hop in."
"But I don't have my swimsuit," said Camber.
"Me neither," said Cortlen.
"Where is it?" asked the mom.
"In my room," said Camber.
"Mine is too," said Cortlen.
"That's very sad," said the mom. "I guess you'll have to watch from the pool deck today."
And they did. With much sadness and regret.
And from that day forward, the mom never had any trouble getting all three of her children to help with the chores (well, that's not exactly true, but it makes for a nice story ending and a good start to the weekend).