Sunday, 31 May 2009

Who Is Influencing Who?


We often have Amber and Millie for a Friday night "sleepover" and its always a pleasure to have them stay.
However, one Saturday morning, I was tidying the table for breakfast, when I noticed the word Millie had been written across the plastic tablecloth in large children's writing. The problem was it had been written in biro.

Obviously I was not very pleased and confronted Millie.
"How did this writing get on my plastic cloth?" I demanded in a stern voice.
Millie gulped and said, "It was put there by accident."
Well....... I ask you! The pen jumped up and wrote Millie's name by itself!

Shortly afterwards, I noticed a piece of china on the draining board. Problem was, it was a broken piece of china and the mug that it was broken from was nowhere to be seen.

"Does anyone know anything about this broken piece of china?" I asked.
It was obvious that the children had nothing to do with it. I could tell by their reactions that consisted of complete lack of interest and no trace of guilt.

Harry ambled in. "Oh that," He said. "It just sort of fell off the mug."
Now who is he kidding? Telling me a large chunk of china just fell off a mug by itself!

Is he learning from the children do you think? Or are they learning from him? Thats what I'd like to know.


24 comments:

MarmiteToasty said...

hahahaha how funny..... I think he sees the children getting away with it and is pulling a fast one himself lol

x

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, that's funny. I have experienced similar phenomena here. When my daughter was reading the Spiderwick Chronicles, the culprit was the house brownie. Thank goodness for him!

jinksy said...

A little bit of methylated spirits may remove the biro, and the mug without a handle will make a great pen-pot...I can't resist make-do-and-mend...

lakeviewer said...

Ah, guilt evasion, first lesson in mediation. How else did we learn rules of engagement?

The Gossamer Woman said...

My ex used to be very clumsy and always had these sort of accidents of broken dishes and became very defensive when confronted with them, as if it wasn't his fault at all. It's amazing how unbroken things stay now that he's gone. No chips and cracks in the plates and the cups. If something breaks now, it's usually due to a rambunctious cat.

Valleys Mam said...

get dr tanya bryant on his case lol

Jeni said...

First -a question. What is meant by the word "Biro? I gather that must be a British think for some kind of pen or marker.
Now, talk to me about the writings of little children! You've seen on my blog several times I think the proof of how much Maya likes to use pens, markers, crayons, whatever is handy to draw on the walls, use up every last piece of typing (i.e. computer) paper and her lastest favorite thing involving writing and drawing -the big window in the front of the living room -decorated with crayon on the glass. Usually these masterpieces are done within a very short period of time right after Mandy has just finished washing the windows! ARRGH!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

LOL!!!! This is classic!!!! I am chuckling and chucking over my tea with a teacup that is not chipped...most of them are...well-loved mugs they are....your family is delightful! And you are a naturally gifted story-teller! I loved this post!!! ~Janine XO

Cheryl said...

This made me smile, as I can relate to it so well.

I love how you have your grandchildren over, some of my best memories was being at my Grandmother's houses and sleeping over. A special treat. I was a nosey child, and did some exploring into their "secret drawers" and such. I think my Grandmother's were the biggest influence in my life, and I thank God for them.
XXXX

Gail said...

It's funny how these things "just sort of happen". It's the same with the MPs and their expenses.

San said...

I'm not sure who's teaching who, but someone is becoming educated in these ways fast. Hilarious post.

Nessa said...

You're lucky they are not blaming it on the dog.

Syren said...

Oh that's lovely. Children are so much quicker than adults to pick up on things. You've brought a big smile to my face.

Wendy said...

This is so cute! And so typical!! You put a smile on my face tonight!

Granny on the Web said...

Kind of reminds me of my 5 when they were young. It's amazing how many things Just 'Happened' shrug of shoulders and an appealing look, feigned innocence. Once just as I walked in a room, the glass top on the coffee table went craaaaaaaack, and from underneath the table came a Ooooooops! as son number three crawled out, complete with huge truck he had been trying to garage there.
Ah well, it's only a tabletop!
Love Granny

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Maggie, this is a very good question!

CJ xx

Suburbia said...

Well, men never really grow up do they Maggie, so I guess it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other?!

Hope you're not too exhausted after the weekend :)

Mickle in NZ said...

Hi Maggie

so funny!

In the few days I've been at my folks place dear Mum has made much of dear Dad occasionally falling asleep in front of tv. Well, last night Mum dozed off a couple of times. Tonight it was 4 times, each with loud snoring. Mum insists that she was awake!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

He he naughty goings ons! I remember that childhood will to write on something you shouldn't.It's a shame we are too young to know not to write our own names when we do it, bit of a give away!

The Things We Carried said...

I think everyone is learning from everyone :)!

Bina said...

"It was put there by accident".

I LOVE that!!! How cute, and you can't REALLY get mad over it, right? They make sure you can't!

Hilary said...

You must just be a force with which to be reckoned! They're a clever lot. ;)

Rose said...

Maybe Harry is learning from the children:) Children are so creative in avoiding blame!

Loved the dog shot from the previous post; I don't think you could have arranged that if you had tried--it's priceless!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Now, that's a funny story.