Putty and Why You Shouldn’t Buy It

So Erik hurt himself really bad Sunday night. Everyone was freaking out. He cut his hand down to the bones. I was at the ER with Jeri, Erik and my mother until Matthew could get there and I could go home. We went there at 7pm and Matthew was able to come around 10pm. So by the time that I got to Jeri’s house where all the kids were, I decided to take Karl home with me. Needless to say, there were very worried about Erik and as a result, didn’t sleep much. So I let Lauren and Karl stay home. Alone. At my house.

At the time, I thought it was an OK idea.

Baaaaaaad idea.

As I left them, I reminded them to not play with matches, don’t turn our stove on (it’s gas and having problems lighting up), don’t open the door to strangers- you get the idea. Now, they are both going to be 12 next month. They both have their own cell phones. Not a problem.

Again, baaaaaad idea.

Benjamin called to check on them and Karl being the smart one replied to Benjamin when asked if he had blown up the house with “Of course, it was a giant fire ball and it was cool!”

So when Karl called me about 20 minutes later, I didn’t think anything of it until I heard his voice.

Karl: Um, Auntie Sara?
Me: Yes, Karl?
Karl: *very small voice* Um, well, Lauren sort of got silly putty in her hair.
Me: Karl? How did Lauren get putty in her hair?
Karl: Well…. I sort of got it in her hair. And it’s really stuck.
Me: *oh crap GULP* Oh, I’m sure it isn’t as bad as you’re saying, don’t worry, when I get home, I’ll take care of it.

Oh, he was dead on accurate. It was really stuck. As in cutting three inches of her hair off stuck. The only good thing? She has such thick hair that after I did it, you literally couldn’t tell that I just had to hack her hair off.

Ah, the joys of children.

Which reminds me of another story about cutting hair. When Lauren was younger, she would eat her hair and as a result the speech therapists would have us cut her hair so she could learn to talk better. Well… Erik was about 2 months old and I had gotten Lauren’s hair cut. Well, the next day, I was in my room changing Erik’s diaper and I was feeding him. This would make Lauren around 5 and Kathryn 3. Well, I left Lauren, Karl & Kathryn out in my living room to watch TV while I took care of Erik.

So I came out and there sits Kathryn on an upturned Rubbermaid bin with Lauren behind her giving her a hair cut. I had never cut Kathryn’s hair before and she wanted a haircut so bad!

So bad, that while I was in my room, she climbed up on my kitchen counter, wound her way around my U shaped counter got to the stove, opened the cupboard above my stove, got the scissors and took them to Lauren.

So I have this dumbfounded look upon my face and Kathryn announced “Mom! Lauren’s giving me a haircut!” and then Lauren with her limited speech said in a very proud voice “I cut sissy hair!!” So I did what I’m sure any mother would do. I burst out laughing. It was really cute. Yes, we had to cut Kathryn’s curls off and 10 inches of her hair in the back and 12 off the sides, but yeah, this reminded me of that time.

Kids being left alone= Dangerous

Question of the day: Have your kids ever cut their hair and you had to get it fixed or you had to cut something out of your kids hair??


4 comments on “Putty and Why You Shouldn’t Buy It

  1. Bridget says:

    My oldest boys played barber like my sister and I used to do. The great thing about boys is that when you cut it all off, it doesn’t look bad…like my sister and I did.Katie made her blog private because someone she knew from high school or college was stalking it. I don’t remember the exact story, but I hope in the next few months or years that she’ll open it back up again. I hate logging in.

  2. Sherrie says:

    Matthew use to always cut his own hair. Right in the front and all the way to the scalp. These kids come by all of this honestly.

  3. Hilary says:

    Morgan’s first hair cut was one she gave herself in kindergarten. A little girl in her class got her hair cut, so Morgan decided she wanted hers cut also. Thankfully, she was wearing a ponytail that day. She took scissors to what fell in front of her face, which was only the hair in the front that didn’t stay in the ponytail. So basically she just cut herself perfect bangs. Whew! (You better believe I gave her a haircut the moment she got home from school lest she try again with greater success!) :)

  4. carlen says:

    wow! i'm totally impressed that you LAUGHED when you saw the hair-dresser Lauren at work! Hats off to you!When Chloe was 5 (never before had a haircut–you know how long it takes for my girls to get any hair at al!!!) i walked into the bathroom just miliseconds after she had snipped a big chunk front and center! i did NOT laugh . . . though i wish i had. i "fixed" it with a darling little bob, but oh how i miss those long never-been-cut natural blond curls!!!how is erik?

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