Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs.*

After dinner last week, Peter asked for a piece of toffee.

It was my third attempt at making toffee and it still didn’t turn out right but the kids still wanted to eat it. I think I need a new candy thermometer. (At least that’s what I’m going to blame it on.)

Sarah helped me make the toffee and had eaten plenty of it throughout the afternoon.

I told Peter he could have a piece but not to flaunt it in front of Sarah because I wasn’t going to let her have any more.

So he agreed and took a piece of the toffee. I continued cleaning up the dinner dishes and less than 30 seconds later I turned around to see Peter standing in front of Sarah waving the toffee around.

I rushed over to him, pulled him aside, got up to his face and whispered, “What are you doing? I thought I told you not to tell Sarah.”

After I calmed Sarah down and explained why she couldn’t have any more toffee, it was time for bath so we all four marched up stairs.

Dan and Peter went in one direction and Sarah and I went in the other.

I assumed all was well and good until I went into Peter’s room to kiss him goodnight.

I was shocked when I received the back treatment! I tried to kiss Peter good night but he gave a huff, rolled over in bed and all I could see was his back.

I told him I loved him and I left the room.

Then about 20 minutes later Sarah yelled for me to come into her room. She said there was a mean sign on her door.

Apparently Peter had written and posted the following note on her door right after he gave me the back treatment.IMG_3944

I removed the offensive sign and told Sarah not to worry because Peter was mad at me, not her.

It was a classic case of transference. Clearly the toffee incident had more of an impact on Peter’s delicate psyche than I realized. (After discussing it with him the next day, he told me I had hurt his feelings when I whispered at him. I guess it was probably more of a hiss than a whisper and I think it scared him. But I apologized and all was well again.)

When I saw the sign, I wasn’t offended or upset, I was excited. The handwriting on this sign was the clearest and neatest I’ve seen from him yet. And look! No misspelled words!

I was actually proud of my little kindergartener!

Several days later on Sunday morning, right before church, Sarah asked for a snack. She had already finished breakfast and another snack so I told her “no”.

She huffed around and then I went upstairs to finish getting dressed.

Dan asked what all the huffing was about and I told him I had denied Sarah a snack but she was fine with it.

Or so I thought.

After I dressed, I went into her room to grab a pair of tights and found this sign on her door.


But I wasn’t offended or upset. (Well, only a little.)

Because look! She actually wrote something other than her name all by herself!

But all is well here again because later on that afternoon, they both made these for me…(The top note is from Sarah. The bottom note is from Peter.)


They still love me and I have always loved them.

*From Signs written and recorded by The Five Man Electric Band. Also recorded by Tesla - my favorite version.

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Rebekah said...

that is so funny. You truly have signs every where

Im sure I'll hear or 'see' my kids not like me so much some days, after all, I didn't always like my mom. But I do love her and I know my kids love me.

Mari said...

I remember not liking my Mom much and I know there were times my kids didn't like me. It's all part of "a Mom's life"!

EntertainingMom said...

I have kept all of Rebecca's signs! I hope you keep these. How sad that his feelings were hurt... but cute story. Would you like Alexander to make you a "Keep out Little Brother" sign for your door?!!!

Denise said...

Oh, my goodness, lol

He And Me + 3 said...

Too cute! I love it when my kids express themsleves in writing. Great job from both sarah and peter.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Too funny! You must be doing something right if they don't like you :o) All of the notes are too cute!

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

These notes are hilarious. You have a couple of very clever children. Doesn't seem like they are lacking in the communication department! :)

Melinda said...

Don't you just LOVE stuff like this...especially after it's over and resolved? :o) So cute! You might like my most current post about "real housewives".

Thanks so much for praying with us about the issue of abortion - where two are more are gathered, there HE IS!

Blessings to you this night,

My Goodness said...

Wow...I'm impressed with their writing and spelling, too...and I'm glad they recover quickly from these 'episodes'.

Tracy said...

I am impressed as well...and aren't they creative?? Wow! Never a dull moment at your house! :)

Megan said...

THAT was just hilarious! ha!


Jaina said...

Hey, whatever gets them writing, right? My little brothers are infamous for putting up signs all over EVERYWHERE for EVERYTHING.