One thing I have learned about having kids is that with every victory comes at least 3 set backs and they don’t have to be in the same arena.
For instance Tuesday my son ate vegetables and yesterday he drew on my car with a rock. Yes, you read it right, a rock, a big ‘ol fat rock.
We were visiting my parents yesterday and on a visit to the tennis courts, my mom teaches summer tennis lessons for kids (you can check out her site at www.Tennisnews1.com) my son surprised me with the wonderful “piece of art”. As I was on the other side of the car getting my daughter out of her car seat, he peaked his head through the minivan and so happily, and proudly, expressed, “Mommy, I draw on your car for you.”
I mostly ignored his statement, because I know we didn’t have any crayons or markers in the car. I know my car needs to be washed so I exclaimed, “Oh really, what did you draw?” figuring he drew on my car with his finger.
And then to my shock, he explained,”Mommy I draw on your car with a rock!”
(Oh well, maybe he doesn’t know what a rock is? is he even sure what a car is?)
I slowly looked up and there he was with that 3 year-old innocent grin on his face, weapon in hand.
I stopped breathing, not that I own a Porsche Cayenne, Land Rover or anything like that, but my 3 year old Honda Odyssey, which I love, has treated me well.
So where was I?
Oh yeah, how could I forget?
I think I suffered a mini heart-attack and blacked out as I ventured over to the other side of the car to access the “damage”. And sure enough, over the front wheel he drew a couple circles, lines and a nice train track (as he would call it) on my driver side door.
What are your supposed to do when your 3 year old draws on your car with a rock?
Does he understand that the rock will not only damage the car but completely ruin his father’s next couple weekend as he tries to get the scratch out?
My husband, who is a stickler about cars and keeping them clean, took a look outside after being “informed” about the “work of art”, came in and was as calm as I have ever seen him (meaning he was super (excuse the expression) pissed and trying not overreact.
I said to him, “So what are you going to say to him?”
“What do you want me to say to him?” he said.
“I don’t know, something, he did draw on the car with a rock!” I said, expressing the obvious!
So, in the most calm manner, my husband expressed to his 3 year old, while changing his pull-up, that you are not to draw on cars with rocks or anything and that as punishment, he will help daddy wash the car on the weekend.
My son, got up ran out of the room, “And said mommy, I get to us the hose!