A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Conniving Kids

I'm sitting in bed this morning because I can... Because... thankfully the husband is home and casting a watchful eye on the children... while my sinuses are working overtime. We've been having some odd weather lately and it's playing havoc with my allergies and making me rather sleepy. But strangely enough, it hasn't diminished my desire to blog.

The 3 year old is a kleptomaniac but a specific type dealing mainly in food. But there's no resale interest in her case. Everything goes into satisfying the hungry beast within. If not fed promptly to some internal schedule, she takes matters into her own hands. This has been going on since she discovered her legs. So we've had a gate put into the kitchen for some time now... which is only as good as the last person who remembers to lock it.

The opportunistic almost 9 year old has decided to use this dilemma to her own benefit. Whenever the 3 year old sneaks into the kitchen, raids the pantry for the odd goody and offers to share it with the big sister. The big sister, becomes unusually tongue-tied and doesn't question from whence such goodies come and feigns innocence when angry parents confront her with empty packets of rice crackers. Fortunately, I don't keep much junk food lying around the house but fruit tends to disappear very quickly from this house.

Now, even as I type this, the almost 9 year old is bargaining with her father about how much pocket money she should be getting for tidying her own room. The starting price is $50.

She's seen the recent Scholastic catalogues, you see and has ideas.
Nothing is more amusing or dangerous or persistent than a child with ideas...


  1. A child with ideas is a creative mind in progress..... a force to be reckoned with. They certainly keep you on your toes.

  2. Mine certainly do... every single moment.
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