Thursday, October 25, 2012
Royal Blue Paint and a Ruined Zebra Rug
Little Dude has never really been the mischievous, messy, or destructive type.
Yesterday I was upstairs cleaning.
After Little Dude finished helping me, he asked if he could watch a movie.
After I got him all situated, I returned to the daunting task upstairs.
Every 10 minutes or so I'd holler,
"Buddy? You good? You alright?"
"Yes Mom... I'm fine..."
The silence and lack of needing this and that should have been my first clue.
I came down the stairs and there he was. A deer caught in headlights. He smirked- sheepishly- sort of like this:
His little body was sitting on the counter, hunched over, his hands under the running water.
"Are you getting a drink? Can I help you?"
"Um... No... I'm cleaning up the paint, mom"
My eyes very speedily wander over to the living room and there on my favorite zebra rug sat the entire craft box, chucked full of 17 oz bottles of paint.
Maybe he just pulled out the box?
And then I saw it. The studio. Little Dude's art studio on my rug!
Five paint dishes totally filled with every color of the rainbow. Brushes covered in multiple colors barely stood in the dishes. Paint was almost ready to drip off the wooden handles. Two other sippy cups were filled to the brim with murky black paint water and a couple brushes in each- ya know, so he could clean them off.
One masterpiece had been completed and was laying on a glass kitchen plate to dry.
And when I saw the most vibrant patch of royal blue saturating my animal print rug, my eyes widened and my heart cracked.
But I kept my cool. I acted fast and I quickly cleaned up the mess. And then the Little Dude and I had a nice talk after he sat in "thinking time" for a while. We talked about how he should never ever try to do a craft like this without asking for help. I explained that painting is messy and that it can ruin our clothes and our furniture because it doesn't come out- our new violet tinted rug was a great teaching tool for that.
He said he was sorry and then I wrapped up the conversation with a hug and asked,
"So... next time you want to paint something, what should you do?"
"Well mom, I will get a few napkins from under the sink and then I will lay them down. That way I won't make a mess next time."
Wow. I guess that'd work, too :) Glad we're on the same page....
**Alright all you MOMMA'S out there... what is the CRAZIEST, MESSIEST, YUCKIEST thing your kids have ever done when you're not looking?
P.S. Picture was taken right after our 'chat'. Cutest little kid ever! And the rug... Walmart special... I've loved it these last 5 years but this is a perfect excuse for me to finally get rid of it and try something new :)
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