Friday, September 22, 2006
Okay, here it is. Pictured here are 48 crayons that were snapped in half by my son, although once he taught the snapping technique to his little sisters, they helped him complete the job. Actually, the total number of crayons destroyed was 72, because there was a pack of 24 Crayola crayons that my son snapped in half all by himself before I gave him a second chance and added 48 fresh Rose Art crayons to their crayon box (which, by the way, is a Shrek lunchbox).
When he was questioned, "Why?" his first response was, "Because it was fun to snap them and hear them snap." When I started giving him the lecture of "Do you realize crayons cost money?" (which, by the way, I never thought I would ever say in my life to anyone!), he changed his answer to, "Well, actually I wanted Z and H to be able to share the same crayon, so I broke them in half for them."
Oh, he is smart. He played the "But I was trying to share and be nice" card.
Needless to say, the kids spent about 3 days without any crayons, while my son completed his homework with some Crayola crayons I had hidden in a cupboard specifically for homework purposes. Then I realized, the girls were being punished more than R. He gets to play with crayons in school, but they didn't need to suffer because of his mistake. So I've given them another chance, and bought them Dollar Store crayons to use in the house. Yes, I agree, they are crappy, they fall apart and are very waxy. But they were three for a dollar at the Dollar Store, and until they learn to respect the brand name that is Crayola, that's the way it's gonna be for a while.