You might recall that I have a counter between my kitchen and breakfast room, open on both sides, which I call "the pass-through". I set up trivets on the pass-through, and put the pans on the trivets so people can feed themselves.
You also need to know that there's a "harpoon" game that goes on around here. Basically, that involves Dan chasing Ryan around with a plastic toy sword or axe, usually because Ryan has done some terrible thing, and Ryan ends up being harpooned with the sword.
So, one night after the dishes were off the pass-through, but the trivets were still in place, Ryan griped about emptying the dishwasher and making his own school lunch. This was a harpoon-worthy occasion, and Dan arrived with the sword. Ryan scrambled onto the pass-through, sat on the trivets, and broke a couple of the tiles. (Of course, since they were from some store or other, the tiles were very thin.) So, yesterday, the boys made a field trip to buy new tiles for my trivets, and made me a nice varied set.
All in all, I'm glad that the boys played "harpoon" that night, because my new set of trivets are just great!