Monday, December 21, 2009

Cover up attempt

I spent the morning reading Love and Logic for Early Childhood. Its the best parenting book out there and I find myself re-reading it regularly to avoid strangling my children. Jack is lucky that I was in the Love and Logic frame of mind when I found this:

There was this strange note posted on the door reminding any bathroom users to turn off the lights when they are done. I knew immediately that this sign was more than a five year old's attempt to encourage energy conservation in the household. Upon closer inspection I found this:

He accidentally punched a hole in the bathroom door with a big stick. This particular stick has been recently outlawed and I specifically told him the reason for banning the stick was that something will be damaged.

There are a number of things I could say about this cover up attempt. Its an interesting insight into his little brain. I think he was hoping that I would just leave the sign on the door forever and never see the hole. Also I would like to point out the use of exclamation marks that continue on the second line. It would have been really hilarious except that the door is destroyed.

My first instinct was to beat him senseless with the above mentioned stick.

Instead I had the following conversation:

"Wow, this is a very sad situation. It looks like you made a choice that ended up ruining my door. What is your plan to make this all better, Jack?

"I don't know how to fix a hole in a door! I'm only five! You have to fix it!"

I would fix it if I were the one who did it but I'm not. In fact, this is the very reason I don't swing sticks around in the house. Because I don't know how to fix holes in things. This door has to be replaced and so you'll need to get the money to me as soon as possible."

"But I don't have any money!"

"Maybe you can sell some of your toys or earn money doing extra house work. I'm sure you'll come up with something. You're a smart kid"

"Great. Now I have to write another letter to Santa asking for toys and money."

So I put a new bathroom door on the list of Christmas expenses. And for the sake of everyone I have removed the big stick from the premises permanently. On the bright side of things, maybe he will be more likely to turn off the bathroom light when he's done now.

14 comments:

Christy said...

I'm just impressed with his writing and spelling abilities. Also, I could use that Love and Logic book around here.

Mathie Fam said...

This is so funny, but madening at the same time. I had a similar experience with my Mckenna who is also 5 years old! I'm sure you handled this better than I did my situation!

Nick said...

Jack is brilliant! Hopefully he can channel his abilities to improve mankind and further the Lord's work, rather than devise diabolical schemes for world domination.

Brittney said...

OMG. that is so clever of him! if i were you, until that door is replaced, frame the hole and put a sign on it that says "Jack did this!" lololol.

Kiera said...

Hahaha I love reading your blog, it's hilarious! Jack is too funny, sucks the door is busted, but you totally make it humorous! He is a clever child!

Tara said...

That is so hilarious. Oh. My. Gosh. That is also scary smart.....the whole cover up. You handled that way better than I would have. Maybe I need to read that book.

Dani said...

so so so funny! i love the thinking that goes on in little boy's heads!

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Chelsey Howard said...

LOL! I know the hole in the door isn't funny, but the story is. Well, my hat's off to you for remaning calm, you are my hero.

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Kara said...

oh my, you have a very smart and crafty boy on your hands. my kids would have just shut the door, ran away and blamed their brother or sister. I suppose there are a lot more brothers and sisters in my family to blame. You gotta give it to him, Staci, he's brilliant. And am I ever impressed with the way you handled it? I probably would have just put masking tape over it and painted it with touch up paint. ;)
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