Thursday, June 12th, 2008
Goodbye Scarlet Fever, Hello Scarlet Face
After concluding a phone conversation, you discover your unattended 4-year-old daughter is no longer working on a puzzle in the next room. She has instead delved into your wife’s make-up stash and used her face as a palette.
Your first reaction is to:
A) Scream and clean her face.
B) Scream and give her a time out.
C) Keep a straight face and grab a camera.
That’s lipstick on her lips, plus magenta lip liner and blue eye shadow on her eyebrows. She opened a mascara tube, but not knowing what to do with it, she put it away.
And yes, her brief sickness that was dubiously associated with Scarlet Fever a few days ago is just about gone.
My wife wears make-up only on rare occasions and we’ve done nothing to encourage our daughter to become a miniature Barbie or Bratz. It’s so rare I don’t think our daughter has ever seen her mom in make-up.
Oh, but wait, my daughter distinctly remembers one incident a month ago when my wife was giving her a bath. My Little Miss was playing in the tub while her mom organized the bathroom drawers. The make-up kit got taken out, my daughter watched, and a month later here we are.
D) Clean her face and have her apologize, when Mom gets home, for using Mom’s grown-up stuff without permission. Then have a discussion about other grown-up things around the house that she is not to touch.
Ahh, time to use the cordless phone a bit more.