Last night, I sent an email to my printer that I needed for a scout meeting tonight. The printer beeped loudly three times – it was out of paper. I wondered how that could be, since I filled the tray last week.
It didn’t take me long to find my first clue:
So, my older son is obsessed with maps right now. Well, that, and archaeology, and living creatures, math problems, and rocks…well, you get the idea. Even with the fifty-state map on the floor, I couldn’t see how this accounted for the entire tray of paper.
That piece of the puzzle snapped firmly into place. Conservation of resources obviously wasn’t in the forefront of his mind. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to check out what else he was up to. Yeah, I know…I’m kind of like the lady in the movies who searches for the strange noise rather than running far, far away. This is the point where I’m reaching out to open the closed door (with the tension-building music in the background) and you’re chanting, “Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” Followed by disgusted mutterings of, “idiot, you did it anyway…”
At first, I feared these guys were real, but upon further inspection, with the box lids on, of course, the realization came that they were imposters. It all makes sense when I think back a couple weeks, when he first asked me if he could get a lizard (no) or a snake (absolutely not.)
I’ve mentioned that I’ve come to expect the unexpected with him, but the pencil box reptile habitats still caught me off guard. The dishes of water, kibbles of cat food, seashells and rocks showed a solid attempt at creating a comfortable environment for the creatures. With all the surprises he offers me, there was one thing that did not faze me a bit:
If his desk is a window into his mind, then I’ve decided it’s a busy (scary) place. The tension-building music crescendos as I run away from the door screaming.
Yep, this mom can spot clues, but I’m learning that maybe some trails aren’t meant to be followed.
How about you – do you try to figure out life’s mysteries? Or do you leave clues undisturbed?