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Monday, February 8, 2010

Lightening Strikes Twice...

My boy stabbed himself...again.

I knew this was going to happen.  The second he came to me with a new pencil and said "Mommy, can you sharpen this?" I had Deja Vu. 

I sharpened the pencil.  Not super spikey, but to a useful sharpness.   Then I handed it to my son who took off for the kitchen with it up in the air like it was a paper airplane.  "Pisssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"  
It occurred to me that I had just done something really stupid. Call it psychic ability, call it experience, but my boy + a sharp pencil = stabbing...of someone (...anyone really).

I know this because he's stabbed himself before.  But, he wouldn't do it again.  I mean...he learned his lesson, right?  And at some point (no pun intended) you have to let go.  You have to say "Yes, I know you've stabbed yourself before.  But you're older now.  Wiser.  You won't do it again.  You couldn't possiby..."  Unless you're Ben.

I consider this and yell out "Be careful!" after him, like adding this disclaimer will absolve me of the responsibility and guilt I'll deservedly feel if he comes back impaled and crying.

Sure enough, not two minutes later, "OOWWW! (beat) Moooommmmmyyyy?????  I stuck the point of a pencil under my nail when I was doing homework!"

I don't need to ask.  The "How?" and "Why?" are obvious. 

He's fine, but from now on we're doing homework with a ballpoint pen.

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  1. Teehee kids love getting themselves into these crazy, adorable things. Hope you're son is OK. BTW, what did you do with culprit pencil? :)

  2. Sometimes I think its when you yell, "Be careful", that is when they for sure hurt themselves. Its like for some reason when they hear that they freak and then act stupid. Last night my husband had my 5 year old daughter carry a knife down the stairs to cut a friggin piece of pie because he was too lazy to go and get it. She had the biggest smile on her face because her dad asked her to get a knife. Can you say stupid? I said ok, I'll get the car warmed up because you know she will run with it and got help you she falls and it gets stuck in her head. Thank god nothing happened, but my husband could tell from the daggers in my eyes he won't be asking her to do that for a while, at least when I'm around.

    Glad it wasn't too serious with your little one, never a dull moment, eh?

  3. Thanks for the laugh! Very funny and very familiar. Lightning strikes a whole heck of a lot of times around here. When will they ever learn...


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