Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Toothbrush Saga

This is an especially exciting time for our family. My baby sister Alicia is about to become a new mother. Sissy is getting her drivers license on Tuesday. My insurance will be skyrocketing on that day. Let me just say that I am really excited about that. More so than the new baby. (Just kidding) I did something I don't usually do last night. I let The DQ have a friend stay over on a school night. Big mistake. Mine. Of course The DQ did not want to get up this morning and she was cranky.

Why? Because instead of sleeping, she was playing with her friend. Which brings me to my next topic. Around Christmas I replaced all the toothbrushes in the house. I bought The DQ and myself one of those expense six dollar Crest Spin Brush Pro toothbrushes. The DQ of course promptly left it over at her friend's house when she stayed over there. This is the same friend who stayed with us last night. The kid hijacked my kid's toothbrush. Which would not be a big deal if it was a cheap two dollar toothbrush. I spotted the toothbrush, then casually asked the girl if she has seen The DQ's toothbrush.

She said she wasn't sure. Of course she has seen my kid's toothbrush because she is using it! The girls went into the living room. I went back into the bedroom kind of upset that the girl had lied. So, I did what every self respecting mother would do. I stole the toothbrush back. I opened up her overnight bag, took out the toothbrush and put it back in our bathroom. Vindication, that's what I'm talking about! I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but I am not made out of money. The girl lives in an affluent neighborhood. She can get her mother to buy her a six dollar toothbrush.

Which brings me to my next point. Another one of her friends is asking that DQ return a pair of her shoes. This same kid has several of DQ's shirts and maybe some jeans. I told The DQ to tell her that she can have her shoes back when we get back the clothes. I know I am being ridiculous, I recognize that. But.......I can't afford to clothe the entire neighborhood. Am I the only mother to experience the swapping of clothes, toothbrushes and shoes?

I must devise a plan to eliminate the stress of trying to track down all of my daughter's belongings every time she leaves the house. First I think I should find some rags I can send her in. That way if she doesn't bring the rags home, I won't be out anything. I think having clean teeth is overrated, so I will no longer be sending a toothbrush with her. As for shoes, who needs em' anyway? It's only about 18 degrees here. The kid needs to toughen up anyway.

P.S. Yes-I disinfected the toothbrush. Yes- I think it is gross to share toothbrushes. Iam still unwilling to throw away the six dollar toothbrush.


John said...

I am not to happy about DQ's friend being a liar and a thief, Friends can have an influence on a childs development, behavior tends to be copied. I think the friend should apologize and be told that lying and steeling is unacceptable. If you blow it off like it's no big deal it will probably happen again on a bigger scale.

KC said...

You know you rock!! Props to you for taking it back! You crack me up.

Susiewearsthepants said...

KC-Thanks for your kind words, I felt like I did the right thing, but it helps to know that I am not the only one that thinks I did the right thing

John-While I agree that lying and stealing are not acceptable, I am not this girl's mother. It is not my place to be the one to teach her right from wrong. Let her mother be the one to correct her