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Monday, November 15, 2010

I just passed a parenting test. A very very important parenting test.

The other day we're watching The Food Network, which is the only channel that exists that is always appropriate for kids and not totally boring for adults, and a commercial comes on for Crayola Spin Magic. I'm not sure what that is, but it's a thing for kids so I'm sure the commercial was all fun and shiny and loud. I wasn't really paying attention which, in retrospect, I see as my downfall. Child 2 says "I WANT A CRAYOLA SPIN MAGIC" and since I wasn't paying attention, I kind of laughed in response. It wasn't even a laugh, really, it was more like I just sniffed out my nose. I mean, it didn't even register on the laugh scale. I know, because I have a laugh scale handy at all times and: nope, nothing on there.

However, this little sniff/laugh thingy I did was apparently the worst possible insult I could have ever given to the boy because what followed was a 15-20 minute crying, sobbing, desperately unhappy meltdown, simply because I laughed at his request for a Crayola Spin Magic instead of taking his needs as seriously as they should be taken. I was a bad mom. Very very bad. I'm not kidding about the length and volume and desperation of the meltdown, either, hubs can back me up when he gets here and reads this. The meltdown ended by me promising with all my heart that the next time the commercial for Crayola Spin Magic comes on, I will take his concerns very very seriously and not laugh.

So, guess what just happened a minute ago? Oh, yeah, man, another commercial for Crayola Spin Magic. I was in the other room and didn't even hear it, but he comes running in, all ready to test me, and says "MAMA I WANT A CRAYOLA SPIN MAGIC!!!" to which I calmly reply "okay, maybe we'll get you one for Christmas." (He doesn't know this but we're Jewish. HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!) This was, apparently, the acceptable answer and he turned around and left the room. WIN!

Anyway, I guess now I know what to buy him for the Annual Non-Denominational Holiday Gift Exchange that we have around the 25th of every December. I should figure out exactly what a Crayola Spin Magic is.



12 comments:

Big Daddy Autism said...

Okay. I was going to write a long and very sarcastic comment but decided we need to get to know each other a little better before I let you see my true-inner-asshole. Instead I will just say, I like your style. <-- (Not being sarcastic)

jillsmo said...

Oh, I think we're good, you can go ahead with the sarcasm! As long as we've confirmed in advance that you like my style.

sugar magnolia said...

heh heh. We're Jewish too, and I could not get away with that---my 6 year old totally knows about Christmas. But glad you got a second chance to "make it right!"

Big Daddy Autism said...

Confirmed.

jillsmo said...

BRING IT ON, MOFO!

Cheryl D. said...

Have you ever seen spin art that you can do at carnival? This thing is like the home version. I think it's about a kit that is around $20 or so. It's not a bank buster.

jillsmo said...

That sounds messy

@jencull (jen) said...

I hope he enjoys his Annual Non-denominational holiday gift exhange day....phew that is a mouthful!! Jen

Dani G said...

Hooray for Hanukkah! Although for the past few years on the "9th night" of Hanukkah, little bird expects a gift. Sorry, kid. 8 means 8!!

sherri said...

I so need a laugh scale. But then I'd have to remember to keep it handy. thanks for following. your sense of humor is awesome - which is the highest complement I could ever pay someone - and long story short, following you back.

Kat said...

*sniff/laughy thingie* *snort*

Right wing bastard said...

OK speaking as a parent of a girl who is all about arts and crafts, I will say that I trust the crayola brand. Much of what she gets is from the art/craft department at WalMart rather than the toy department. Spin art is a bit to random for her, but as far as I know it's all contained and designed not to be messy. Which means it will be all over his clothes and room like everything else. I would rather buy an art project for my kid than a mindless toy. But I'm secretly a hippie.

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