Tucker and Avi (and Hezekiah and Chuck) circa 2007
I changed the title to yesterday’s post, because when I started it, I intended to talk about how, in our large family, I often can’t pinpoint the particular perpetrator (how’s that for some alliteration?!) But since I didn’t actually delve into that, I changed the title. I also began responding to the comments, but felt it would be a bit easier, in this case, to just write another post.
I was chuckling to myself as I read the comments…I had no idea so many people provided areas for their children to keep things under lock and key! I was raised with two brothers who were 4 and 7 years older than me and this wasn’t an issue in our home…and if it was, I’m sure my mom was able to narrow the thief pool down a bit…
And now I’m going to share a story about stealing and lying that I don’t think I’ve shared here before. This happened with my bio kids (lest anyone get the idea that only kids with “special needs” do this type of thing)….
Mordecai, Kalina and Jubilee circa 2007
Child A reported to me that a sucker he had received was missing. Candy is a rare treat in our house, and Child A, a saver, was keeping this candy for a while before he decided to eat it….after some inquiry, Child B came up to me and said, “Mom, I saw Mordecai in the closet with the stick to Child A’s candy…”. Sure enough, there was Mordecai, age 3 and speech delayed, in the closet chewing the stick to death…I don’t remember what the punishment for Mordecai was…nothing to major, I assure you, given his delays, but he did take the fall…I don’t remember how the truth came out (hey, it’s been a few years) but what I do remember is, Child B stole the candy…ate it…gave the stick to Mordecai to cover his/her own tracks, and then proceeded to watch Mordecai get punished in his/her place.
To say I was shocked would be an understatement…such cunning, such deciet…and to watch a helpless preschooler take the fall???
To the reader who asked, I’ve been researching safes on Amazon and will likely be spendng between $30-40 per safe for each of the oldest four children at home. They are not cheap, but I’m not willing to do something flimsy that can actually be broken into.
Oh, and when y’all figure out the answer to children who lie and cheat, would you go ahead and let me know what it is???