Katie is a kid now. A reasonable potty using kid (ok, well as reasonable as a woman will ever get.) The problem is, this doesn’t mean that she is totally self sufficient. As Jen will attest, I forget this frequently. The thing is she often lulls me into a false sense of security by talking and acting in a way that makes me think she can be left unattended for more than thirty seconds. Honestly, we can leave her unattended for some activities. She will sit in a chair and “read” books for what seems like a whole 3 minutes and we can often leave her at the table with her Crayola Color Wonder Markers. Color Wonder markers are quite possibly the greatest product God (or The Man, depending on your religious views) has ever bestowed upon parents. — OK, sure, things like the disposable diaper, TiVo and Maclaren strollers are far more important, but when it comes to craft time nothing but play-doh comes close. — If you are not familiar with the Color Wonder line of products, the idea is that they will only color special Color Wonder paper. Take them to a table, wall, shirt or important work documents and they leave no trace. — This amazing feat in dye technology will soon be over shadowed by zubbles when the do finally ship, because even as an adult I still love bubbles.

With Color Wonder Markers we can leave Katie alone to color, so when we broke out the Color wonder finger paint I thought we would be ok. At first she was shy, barely touching the finger paint and gently dabbing it on the paper. After some coaxing she was actually willing to draw with it, still somewhat shy. So I left her to her art. I went and laid down on the couch to read a magazine.

A few minutes later Jen, who was feeding Tristan, asks me what Katie is doing and why is she so quiet. I sit up and look over the half wall and find her and her paper covered with almost all of the finger paint which is really more like waxy vaseline than actual finger paint.

What are you doing?

Putting lotion on my hands.

There are times as a parent when against all your better judgement all you can do is laugh. This was one of those times.


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