Remember our beloved Dr C the piano teacher? Unfortunately, Dr C got a glimpse of why we choose not to take our entourage very many places. On piano lesson days, Etienne gets Dr C all to himself. 45 minutes of individual, one-on-one, undivided attention. This kid's dream. Well this kid loves his Dr C. He loves him so much that he locked himself into Dr C's bathroom for 12 minutes (as reported to Ryan at the end of the lesson), followed by 4 minutes of "shoe messing around," then 5 minutes of "sweatshirt struggles." Ryan marched Etienne into the house after hearing this report but before I could hear about it, I could smell it. The overwhelming smell of men's department store hit me in the kitchen as soon as they walked in from the garage. Dr C's cologne.
Ryan was too engrossed in the description of Etienne's lesson to notice the smell (also, Dr C is a classy, well dressed, well groomed guy, so I think his house just smells handsome). I knew without asking. Etienne has drenched himself in cologne.
An hour later, Etienne and I waited patiently to apologize to Dr C. Then he and I entered the bathroom. Good heavens. I know exactly what went down. E thought, "I love Dr C, so I want to smell like him." He began investigating and before he could stop himself, an entire bottle of cologne is in the Afro as well as the bathroom floor. Not to mention some medicated cream smeared on the toilet and shaving cream decorating the woodwork. Ah. There is that instant gratification we are always battling. As I sat scrubbing the floor, I had to giggle (not in front of E, mind you). The nuns at Home of Hope had laughed and laughed at Ryan and me. At the time I thought they were a bit rude but they knew just what we were getting ourselves in to.
We are $70 less since purchasing the Aramis cologne to replace the bottle that permeated off E for so many days. Ryan had him raking leaves (he sobbed, muttering how unfair we are. Again, I worry the neighbors have surely called CPS by now), I pointed out every $70 toy in the Holiday Toys R Us catalog and the big kids had fun adding up all the things that equal $70.
|This= 2 XBOX 360 games or a skateboard + an Avengers outfit|
Lying in bed, Ryan and I began composing a list after this debacle. I call it our EXTREME PARENTING EXPERIENCES. It includes such moments as one of the kids driving the car into the side of the house (which Blake put to a stop just in time) and patching holes in the drywall after a "dance off." I have included scrubbing Preperation H off the side of the piano teacher's toilet to this growing list.