Boys will be boys, especially at a Bringing Up Bates birthday party.
Jackson Bates turned 14 tonight on the show and, in Bates land, that means he gets to take on all sorts of new responsibilities, like joining the tree-cutting family business in a more grown-up capacity. Gil Bates let him use the saw and everything.
Despite the hard work, Jackson had a lot of fun with the task and even got to cut down a tree or two. (With some supervised help from his dad and the older boys, of course.)
But that wasn't the part that made me cringe for poor Jackson.
It wasn't even his paintball birthday party, though the boys were sure to say that you can't spell "paint" without "pain."
But it was the fact that after splitting up into teams and playing a few rounds of competitive elimination-style games, Jackson then allowed his family to line up like a firing squad and fire a few dozen rounds at him while he ran around the obstacle course defenseless.
"In the Bates family, we try to choose games that are competitive and painful," Zach explained with a thoughtful expression that made me laugh. Thanks, Zach, got it!
Gil had some 'splaining to do to after that one. Kelly Jo wanted to know what they had done to her "baby" who got shot in the neck, among other places. Gil was sure to say repeatedly that Jackson volunteered for the paintball course's birthday tradition of firing squad shenanigans.
At the end of the day, it was all in good fun, as events with the Bates family always are. And I know I said that I wouldn't want to go to a Bates birthday party in my headline, but let's be real, I'd be there in a heartbeat if I actually got the invite. I just wouldn't want to be on Jackson's end.
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