That is pretty much the recipe make up of my family. Let me explain and then there will be a plea for help.
2 Parts Malcolm – My sister in law, Tammie, gave me the first season of Malcolm in the Middle on DVD for my birthday present. It is truly a creative and funny show. Thank you very much Tammie! It is my family without the genius kid and without the authoritative mom (and no authoritative dad either). And it gets the most parts of the make up of our family. It is dysfunctional and has devious children always getting into mischief. My life is similar, we are messy, I had to pry the crisper drawer open in the fridge and I had to wade through toys, mail and clothes just to get to the kitchen. The light is broke (not merely burned out) in the kitchen, so we use the light above the oven and the light above the sink. Thank goodness the fridge has a light.
1 Part Sweet Life – I am throwing in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody pretty much only because the show focuses on twin boys that get into trouble. And so does my family. We have identical twin boys and they get into everything. They fight something fierce with each other. And they have different personalities. No, we don’t live in a hotel and there is no laugh track. Sometimes we are very entertaining, just ask the neighbors next to us-on the other side of the wall.
1 Part 7th Heaven – The last part of my family make up comes from 7th Heaven-but when everyone was young and there was no relationship, girl/boy drama! We are the big family (4 boys) and our faith in God is extremely important to us. Beyond that I guess we are nothing like the show. But I really couldn’t think of a TV show that was boring and uneventful. Maybe we are more like the weather channel-you check in with us from time to time, but there isn’t too much exciting happening, pretty much the same thing, different day, with a storm here and there-we get through it OK though. There’s no prime time weather channel dramas. The weather channel without the drama…HA, that is funny.
OK, where in the world am I going with this? And isn’t my life one big giant plea for help? No, keep reading.
Keegan was invited to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program. A program designed to invite local students and send them to Australia for 19 days to be exchange students. Sounds cool right? Well, Kaleb wants to go too. If you don’t have twins this will just seem like a sibling thing (life isn’t fair, get over it), but they act in many ways like one person. So it is an issue. But you know what; they said that Kaleb could apply right along with Keegan! Cool right? Well the cost will be about $6000 PER KID. And $400 has to be paid with the initial application-that has to be submitted within a couple of weeks. There is this elaborate application process where you would think that they would “weed” out applicants and only choose applicants based on certain criteria such as grades, extra-curricular activities or how much the kid is going to add to the goodwill relations between the USA and Australia and thus aiding in providing peace to the rest of the world.
This is what makes me ponder the make up of my family. No geniuses. No athletes. No silver spoons. And even while medicated the twins still manage to put thought and planning into making a working hinged door in the middle of the fence-y’know, so they can get out through the side of the fence; the fence that surrounds the back yard of our rented duplex.
We got diapers, drooly kids (and a drooly baby). We eat in front of the TV instead of the table that is stacked with mail (we have a lot of mail), leftovers still on plates and food that never quite made it to the cupboards yet. (“We are just gonna eat it later.”) We have a puppy and the remnants-of-a-puppy carpet. The basement has a layer of clothes trying to make their way to the washer and dryer…on their own. Our garage is a storage area for all the stuff we don’t want, but can’t even give away.
Well, glory day, it turns out that the application process pretty much consists of confirmation of initial payment and verification that your kid won’t do anything to destroy the existing goodwill that exists between the two allies. And that the applicant won’t cry to come home five minutes after he steps foot onto the 15-hour flight. They called this “mature enough to go”. Since there are no fences between our two countries I don’t think that goodwill will be destroyed (no planks to hinge). And as long as Kaleb and Keegan remain a duo they won’t be home sick for each other and cry to come home.
(Big sigh) That only leaves one obstacle…or how I look at it, 12,000 obstacles.
I don’t have $12,000-twelve thousand dollars… And it just so happens that neither do Kaleb or Keegan. After seeing a video and a PowerPoint presentation THEY REALLY WANT TO GO! They keep asking, “Can we go? We really want to go.” And how can I tell them no? I mean the People to People folks gave us the address to a fundraising website! A FUNDRAISING WEBSITE!
So we are gonna give it a try. I mean it really is an opportunity of a lifetime if they go.
If they go.
There is still a cry for help, and that is where you come in. You will be hearing from us. We will be telling you how we are doing and what the latest news is! We will be knocking on your door, calling you on the phone, emailing you, sending you snail mail and trying to sell you anything and everything that we can get you to buy from us.
Maybe my family will find just the right recipe for success.
Here is the new blog for Kaleb and Kegan’s venture: http://twinfundraising.blogspot.com/