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What is going through my childs mind???
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KellyGa    Posted 08-15-2003 at 16:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
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? :)

DL    Posted 08-16-2003 at 06:50:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
George Washington choppped down a cherry tree when he was young. It could be a sign of greatness. One day we may hear the name Shelby of Georgia.

Nope...    Posted 08-16-2003 at 04:19:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have no idea what you are talking about...

I can't even show you the pics of the TV after she decided to Eucerin the whole thing...and herself...and the wall...and the bed...


Les    Posted 08-15-2003 at 21:39:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
All three of my granddaughters and maybe even my grandson (can't remember about him for sure) cut their own hair at one time or another. But they were much younger than that.
My youngest (now 6) loves to cut things with scissors and play with tape but she hasn't cut her hair for quite a few years.

ret    Posted 08-15-2003 at 18:03:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
guess you lost me when you said the ones with hair were real horses? They got a name. or value?

KellyGa    Posted 08-15-2003 at 18:57:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, not like live real, but real, like a regular horse, not a unicorn or pegasus. Sorry about that. They are just toys, but they were lovely, and could have withstood the test of time to be passed down to her child, except for the hair, obviously, lol!

Patria / PR    Posted 08-15-2003 at 17:45:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey Kelly
Not to worry, not just yet.
Did you see the subjet tittle to my post up there??

I meant to write something entirely different from what I ended up posting..:-)

That little girl.....    Posted 08-15-2003 at 17:41:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
will own her own beauty parlor one day....and make a fortune convincing ugly wimmen that they are beautiful.... :^)

toolman    Posted 08-15-2003 at 16:41:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was always picking things apart still do , i remember my first bike , went to town with my dad he bought me a second hand bike, i rode it home , he came walking home a few hours later , i had the bike upside down back wheel off all the guts inside the axle pulled out , trying to figure it all out.he kind a got upset let me struggle with it for a few more hours and then came and helped me, i was about 6 at the time,i still pick things apart to see what makes them tick, only my dads gone now so i have to figure out how to put them back together myself, or add them to my over flowing junk box .lol

Cindi    Posted 08-15-2003 at 19:40:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds to me that she just had a moment of creativity that went haywire. Jill once cut Jenny's hair down to the scalp and then went and dug out a hat and forced her to wear it. I got suspicious when I could hear her in the living room, hissing..

"DON'T take that off, you hear me?"

Then there was the time I was waiting for the appraiser to come and evaluate the house for a second mortgage. We had hardwood floors. Jake decides five minutes before the appraiser is due to tie a bar of soap to each foot and ice skate all over the living room.


Just a kid thing, they do not understand value of anything even if it's only sentimental, for many many years.

Jake also took my jewelry box ouside and buried all my jewelry so that he could 'mine' for everything with his tonka trucks. Good thing I had no expensive jewelry.

Jimbob    Posted 08-16-2003 at 04:32:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I go with Cindi's comment.

The 'I do not know why' statement is a general, non-discript sentence that all small children put forth when overloaded mentally with the stress of the situation.

I would down play it & fix the toys best you can with her helping you.

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