This morning I was in my son's room, sorting through his clothes and reorganizing his drawers for summer. He was down the hall in my room. I could hear Barney on the TV, and Kyle was even shouting, "Hooray," because he was happy and he knew it. Things were going so well. I had given myself a mental cheer as well, because I had already crossed something off my to-do list by 10am. Then I went into my room and saw Kyle standing with a crayon in his hand. The screen from our windows are off because we are painting the outside of the house. Kyle had applied the crayon to the screen in big sweeping curves.
Quiet is not usually good with a toddler. Kyle proved this to me a couple of months ago, but I apparently have a short memory. This first escapade happened while I was on the computer. He was playing--so nicely and quietly. I'm sure I had peeked in on him a couple of times so as not to distract him. Then I go up and there's black stuff all over his face and hands, and the TV screen. "Oh, no," I thought, "he somehow found a black marker. I hope it's not a Sharpie!" I also looked immediately at my leather chair, and fortunately it seemed unscathed. Upon further investigation, the black stuff was mascara. The wand made a nice paintbrush apparently. It also cleaned up nicely--off the stuff, and off him for the most part. The funny part is that it was concentrated around one of his eyes. Apparently he knew what it was for. So, for a day, he did look a bit like he was wearing some eyeliner, because I didn't want to clean it off that close to his eye.
Amanda had also tried to teach me the lesson many years before. Again, me on the computer. Amanda in her booster seat at the kitchen table. I would tape down a big piece of paper, covering her end of the table, and let her color and color. "Oh, she's so quiet. She's got such a good attention span." And then, I walked in. She had gotten down out of her booster seat, taken a marker with her, and drawn on the leg of the table. She had also drawn on the tile, and the grout. Green marker, I remember it well. The tile (and the whole house) was brand new. The marker came off of the table leg and the tile with no problem. The grout was another issue. It faded, and I didn't notice it after a while, but there was a little reminder of her adventure if I knew where to look.
So, now I'm off to the garage to see if we have some WD-40. That's what www.crayola.com recommends for getting crayon off metal, formica, brick, etc. I tried some dish soap and that didn't work, so here's hoping that this does.