Thursday, September 3, 2009
Waste Not, Want Not? or Is It a Full Moon?!
After a week at Grandma and Grandpa's house, I finally brought the kids home today. The ride home was fairly quiet, except for the necessity to pull over when Duncan pulled part of his seatbelt off. (Note to self: Buy new carseat.) We got takeout for lunch, and settled in for a nice afternoon of playing and silliness. Duncan wanted to go upstairs, so I let him. No biggie. Although, after not hearing any noise coming from upstairs for a little while, I started to get suspicious. And sure enough, Duncan had gotten into some mischief. He'd unwound most of a new container (one of the big cylindrical kind) of dental floss, used up the rest of the packing tape, squirted out a new tube of cream, emptied out a bottle of toner into a new container of interdental flosser thingies, and gotten toner on the rest of the roll of TP. I was not a happy camper. I banished him from upstairs while I cleaned up. When I took everything down, I showed Duncan all of the things that now had to be trashed because of his wasteful behavior. I asked him not to wind things anymore (this has been a big problem for a couple of months.) I was hoping for a cleanup break. At least until tomorrow. But while I sat with Miranda, Duncan was at it again. Perhaps he thought he needed to bring home the point of wastefulness to his mommy. Perhaps he was just mad that I yelled at him, and smacked his hand. I do know that in this silence he poured out 2 gallons of milk and a whole bottle of maple syrup. It had "negative attention" written all over it. And I guess that's what he got. Two gallons of milk covers a lot of territory. And, ya know, maple syrup is sticky. I cleaned it up, and tried to get him to help me. He was not very helpful. My yelling at him was not very persuasive. But I wasn't feeling all puppy dogs and kittens. I was pissed. I told him that he's lost my trust. I don't know if he knows what I'm talking about. I also took some toys away until tomorrow. I know my reaction wasn't the greatest, but I'm not perfect. I just hope that tomorrow goes a little more smoothly.