"Is that a fight upstairs?" Matt called to me as I cleared the lunch dishes today.
"I'll go check," Naomi volunteered, running up the stairs. She returned a moment later to report, "Toby hit Emma."
I called the acused in for questioning and he didn't deny his guilt, so I probed further, "And why did you hit her, Toby?"
"Because she hit me," he replied.
"Well, why did she hit you?"
"Because I was pushing her."
"And why were you pushing her?" I pressed growing more confused.
"Because she hit me."
Fearing we were going in circles I gave up on the interrogation and simply doled out the consequences for hitting--no matter the cause. I doubt either of them remembers what started the fight anyway. The problem with "An eye for an eye" is that no child would make it to adulthood without being blind.