Monday, April 24, 2017

My two pens

When you have kids in your house, especially ones who can reach higher shelves, your stuff is not your own.

I have become irate in more than one occasion because I couldn't find tape when I needed it.  The kids can go through a roll of tape in an hour, then when I've got a present to wrap, I am tapeless.  So I keep one roll on a really high shelf (which they can still reach) and am very strict about anyone using that tape.

Pens are the other thing that drive me crazy.  I can never find a pen when I need one.  I used to keep them in my bookcase, but the kids would just take them.  They have a million crayons, markers, pens of their own, but somehow mine always get taken.  So again, I put two pens on the top shelf of my bookcase and said no one is allowed to touch them.  This is difficult to maintain though.

My daughter: "Can I use one of your pens?  I want to draw."

Me: "You have a million markers and crayons!"

Daughter: "No, I don't."

Me: "You do!"

Daughter: "Can I just borrow one of them?"

Me: "No."

Daughter: "Why not?"

Me: "You won't return it."

Daughter: "Why do you need two?"

Me: "In case one breaks." (or in case someone "borrows" one of them)

Daughter: "Ugh, fine!" [stomps off to her room and returns one minute later with gigantic bucket filled with ten thousand pens]

And don't even get me started on food.  Last week, I brought home an entire chocolate cake, and a day later it was simply gone.


  1. Same thing at our house. The phone is the worst. We got our kids amazon fire kids tablets to maintain sanity during a 3 week euro trip with family (another story altogether). The whole trip they begged to watch you tube on my phone because apparently it works best on mommy's phone.

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  3. I have a similar problem here, but it's not kids giving me heartburn-it's my sweetie. The man is incapable of putting back pens, scissors, staplers, all my stuff ends up all over the house, or worse, in the garage.

  4. My mother used to yearn for a pair of scissors that would shock anybody who failed to return them the their drawer.

  5. Pens, scissors, food, socks - they all seem to be disposable to the kids and as soon as they get their hands on them, you'll never see them again. And don't get me started about tape.