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Parenting Failure

February 11, 2011

Dan and I were enjoying a quiet morning while the twins played upstairs in their room.  I was telling Dan how well the twins have been playing together lately…quiet for long periods of time…. But this morning it had been quiet for a little too long, so I decided to go check on things…

The scene upstairs was nothing short of shocking. 

The twins were naked.  Each one was wielding a stolen pen from Dan’s bedside table. 

And the entire nursery was covered in pen scribbles.  Everything: bedding, walls, dresser, bookshelves, clothes, their own bodies even, was (and still is) covered in scribbles. 

They froze: two deer in the headlights. Adam and Eve.  I marched the guilty downstairs, sat them on the couch, and called for Dan.
Me:  “Who scribbled on the nursery?” 
Twins, very serious now: “We did. Don’t Spank us.” 
Me: “What should we color on?”
Twins: “Paper. Don’t Spank Us.”
Me: “What happens when you color on the wall.”
Twins: “You spank. Don’t Spank Us.”
This is when the Dan and I, facing the nude and very serious culprits, began to fail. I heard Dan start to cough and sniffle, trying to stifle laughter.  I tried to hold it in, but there was nothing to be done but pretend we were crying.  (This is a trick I learned when I got the giggles at a funeral because Mary Brown, seeing the gloved pallbearers, commented, “Oh, those men are going to do a little dance.”)

Dan and I cried and cried. Holding each other and wailing. Maybe this made an impression,  but we just couldn’t spank. The usual suspects are upstairs now, trying to clean up their mistake. (see photo, note the guilt in their eyes).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. aunt sally permalink
    February 12, 2011 2:46 am

    priceless- they sure did get “all feezy”

  2. Susanna permalink
    February 12, 2011 4:20 am

    Charlie looks mighty nice in nothing but his glasses.

  3. February 16, 2011 10:48 pm


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