He was framed!

February 16, 2014

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20140216-070003.jpgA few nights ago, I went to the kids bathroom closet to get a bar of soap. Imagine my surprise when I opened the door and found bright red lipstick graffiti all over the interior walls. The culprit was easy to peg – “Ben” was written in six inch high letters across one wall with lots of scribbles, a rather impressive treble clef and random lines on the other.
As a rare mid-week treat, if allowed the bigs to watch tv before bed – Winter Olympics happen every four years and the kids are so excited to watch anything with ice and snow as we are I the middle of our own polar vortex. So after finding this price of art on the walls, I confronted the culprit by standing in front of the tv.
“Ben, what do you need to tell me about the bathroom closet?”
Ben, trying to see around me, in complete boob tube mode, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I can’t see the tv!”
“Ben! I already know what you did! Just tell me the truth!! Why?”
Ben, still not really paying attention and squirming around on the couch with the hope of seeing around me. “Mom, I can’t see the tv!!”
Turning the tv off (howls of anguish from all three bigs), I true again, “Ben, fess up. The tv is off till I get the truth.”
Ben, who does not lie, but does whine,”mooooooom, I have no idea what you’re talking about!!!!”
So I waited. And waited. And then it happened.
Harry sighed and confessed, “so I was mad at Ben for pushing me when we were skating. And I found the tube of red stuff and thought I’d get him into trouble.”
And just like that, my 9 yr old admitted to framing his little brother.
Also, if there is too much evidence, it’s probably a frame job.
One more thing, this parenting gig is challenging. And hilarious.

Ps. Harry had to clean up the lipstick.
Pps. Red, oil based lipstick does not easily come off white matte finish walls.
Ppps. I was okay with that. And did not provide the Magic Eraser till after he’d scrubbed for a looooong time.

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