Thank you all for your input on what to do about the nameless four year old and the broken clock. I loved every ones suggestions and the fact that so many of you reminded me that it is just a worldly possession and he is a four year old with a spirit that needs grace. Except my mother whose comment was:
Gramma 2 Many said…
My two cents worth, is beat him black and blue with your old rubber shoe. Feed him black bread and water for a week and make him pay for it. Maybe then he will learn to listen the first time. Can’t be to easy on these ruffians or they will take over the whole world!! Cut them down while you still can.
August 13, 2008 9:07 PM
I THINK she was kidding.
At any rate, I did go back and apologize to him for blowing up (and I really blew up!) over the clock. I told him that a clock is not as important to me as him and asked him to forgive me. Then I explained to him that because I had asked him to stop throwing the ball and he did not listen and obey my clock got broken and because he did break something that did not belong to him he would need to help pay to replace it. So I have him lined up with extra chores for the next few weeks to pay off the debt. I also had him go get his wallet and surprisingly he had $4.83 in there to start the “CLOCK REPLACEMENT FUND”. I called my friend Michelle, who happens to be traveling the US doing gift shows right now, so I spoke with one of her trusty gals, Rachel, and she assured me that the clock is still available and also told me that there are candle holders available that match the clock! With his $4.83 down payment, my little four year old is over 10% of the way towards replacing the clock.
My friend Erica had the great idea of taking the broken clock and make something else out of it. I think I’ll make a mosaic picture frame out of it to put a picture of my two boys in as a reminder that they are my most prized possession!
Now, who wants to teach me to mosaic?
Thank you all who responded! I love blogging for this very reason!