Posted 08-15-2003 at 16:18:11
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Well, I got a story, thought you parents would get a kick out of it, since I know everybody has done something weird for no particular reason during their childhood, or something their own child did.
I have a very intelligent, bright, young lady of nearly 9 years old for a daughter. Her name is Shelby. Now, she has done similar things like this before, but all previous excursions were repairable.
Last night, my husband and I decided to flake out for a couple of hours in front of the tube and watch some movies I had rented. I didn't even cook, I went by Mo Joes and picked up some wings and chili cheese fries. Shelby also rented some movies, and was eating in her room last night at her little table and chairs. So everybody is eating, enjoying their movies.
About 9:30, I go in there to her room, and tell her, time to get ready for bed, go get your pajamas on and brush your teeth. Well, I let it go that she had made somewhat of a mess that late in the evening on a school night with all her toy horses. She has a bin under her bed with beautiful horses, all kinds, Lippizanners, Tennessee walkers, Clydesdales, then she has some horses that are unicorns, or Pegasus's. But the real horses are really beautiful. We'll just say she has a collection of about 40 horses. They are plastic with real hair, or velvet feeling with rabbit hair for the mane, just regular hair for the tail. Now, this child takes VERY good care of her toys. Keep that in mind when I tell you what she did.
I begin picking up the horses and putting them back in the bins, and I start to notice something odd about them all. Then, I look in a medium size gift bag she has open on the floor, and see A LOT of HAIR. She had taken her scissors and chopped and trimmed and whacked those horses hair beyond recognition. Now mind you it is late, and past her bedtime, so I calmly call her back into her room, and hold one up, and just stare at her. I said, why? Why did you do this?
She begins to tear up, and tells me she doesn't know why she did it, that she couldn't help it, that she was out of control. And I say, you were out of control, through 40 horses worth??? So she is now bawling, realizing that she has totally screwed up her horses.
My husband is sleeping, he has worked a 12 hour shift and fell into bed, early. He is a very mild, patient person, not inclined to yell or get upset, hardly ever. He screams at the top of his lungs from our bedroom "WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP!!!!!" He comes in there and asks me what I did to her to make her so upset and cry. Yeah, what I did, right. So I have to tell him what happened, and of course he doesn't really care, he just wants us to shut up so he can get some rest. Understandable.
Now, the bottom line is, she sat in there and cut all that hair and she doesn't know why. I called my Mama after I put her to bed, and told her the tale. Mamas are so good at putting things in perspective. She says she is sure that Shelby feels terrible about ruining her horses, and that no more needs to be said. She said, you must remember Kelly what is most important. The toys are just toys and are not important. Shelby is what is important. And she is right, and I felt like a heel, but I felt better.
So, this morning I wake her up, and tell her its okay, not to worry anymore about it, they would all just have short hair, no big deal. So, everything is back to normal. (Until next time.)
Did anybody ever do anything silly like that when they were kids? My sister cut all her Barbies hair off. My husband was always taking things apart to see how they worked, and then they were tore up. He cut open a Stretch Armstrong to see what was inside it, not thinking as far as what he was going to do afterwards with it.
My Mama says welcome to motherhood. Oh yeah, the fixable things she has done. She proceeded to use a full bottle of baby powder on every stuffed animal she owned. Needless to say it was VERY dusty in there! Then one time she decided all her stuffed animals needed their hair combed, but their hair had to be WET down first. AAAHHHHH! :)
What you all have to realize is that she is not a misbehaved child. She has never thrown tantrums, she plays quietly. She is not a hyper child, or a noisy child. She is a very responsible young lady for her age. She is smart beyond her years, but I forget, that she IS still a child, and children are gonna do stuff like that. :)
So what have y'all done? :)