How is our life like "Scooby-Doo"? Here's a top 10:
1. There is always a mystery. It could be anything from a broken window to a stolen piece of gum.
2. No one knows who did it ... ever. The culprit also claims to have no idea who spilled the milk on the floor. Like in "Scooby-Doo," I look for the least likely culprit first and then see who is causing the most distraction.
3. There's always something missing. Where is the other shoe? Why do people not put the remote back in the designated spot? Who took my kitchen scissors?
4. Someone is always hungry and motivated by food. Snacks are constantly used as positive reinforcement.
5. The boy can't seem to do anything without an entourage, there's usually a damsel in distress and the smart one is piecing everything together and, in my case, will give a detailed account of the current mystery.
6. We take a van full of people everywhere we go, even the dog. It's like a circus with sliding doors.
7. I'm like the villain in that I've always got to clean up the mess or do the "hard time" of not leaving the house. I sometimes whisper under my breath, "If it wasn't for you pesky kids ... and your dog."
8. Every episode starts with a song. We don't have a song as much as just loud white noise and yelling, but I feel it's consistent.
9. They are an eclectic group and each brings something different to the table, some things more relevant than others to mystery-solving. In our group, Velma would be more ticked off and irritated at the others for not pulling their weight. Freddie/Shaggy would be a split personality of sometimes being helpful and other times making a sandwich. He also wouldn't be able to find anything. The Daphnes would mess the bad guys up pretty bad ... once they found out they weren't actually ghosts.
10. They are still making episodes!
Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.