As little kid was showing off his new found ability to figure out square roots, I commented that as a pair of brothers they were awesome at everything since one's strength was the other's weakness and vice versa.
"What do you mean?" Big Kid asked.
"Just that together you will know it all! Like me and daddy. I'm naturally good at reading/writing/spelling and he's naturally good at math and...."
"Just math, pretty much," Mr. Ashley finished for me.
"Math and...muscles!" little kid added.
"Man, you guys are a tough crowd," Mr. Ashley said, shaking his head.
"I still like you, dad," Big Kid offered.
"Thanks, Big Kid. I like you too," he said with a sigh.
Later that night I told Mr. Ashley that I had gained a few pounds and asked whether he thought it was muscle I'm gaining from doing a 30 day yoga challenge at work, or from candy.
"Probably a little of both," he answered all too honestly.
"Ugh. I should have done a clean eating challenge at the same time."
"Maybe you should just stop eating candy for like a week and see how that goes."
I considered that briefly. "Eh. I don't know. I'm thinking no," and then I ate half a bag of marshmallows on the way to yoga and the other half on the way home.