I am 38 years old (fact). I like cookies (also fact). Therefore one could logically deduce that I have had a lot of experience eating cookies. [I think there is a flaw in my logically thought process though since there are many variables that could interfere with my eating of cookies even though I like them: allergies, weight loss programs, etc. What can I say college logic class was not my shining moment.] So let us just go with this; I am 38, I like cookies and I indeed have a lot of experience eating them.
Carter is 4 years old (fact). He likes cookies (also fact). He is not allowed to eat many cookies because I am an evil witch of a mom who wants him to have nice teeth. It is because of my years of cookie eating experience that even if I did not have his big brother as an informant on the payroll, I would have figured out that yesterday morning he snuck a cookie. Oh yes, he did.
What I know but what Carter does not know is that…
Older siblings will rat you out every time when given the chance.
Cookies crumble. They leave little trails of crumbs throughout the house as one walks sneakily about trying to avoid notice.
Cookies, when eaten like a four year old, leave a telltale circle of cookie goodness around the mouth.
So yesterday morning Carter was caught mid cookie (with a chocolate ring around his mouth) and looking guilty as sin. I had to use my BIG voice and point my finger to the timeout corner.
Note to Carter: The next time you choose to sneak a cookie you should:
- Make sure your brother does not see you doing it.
- Take the cookie to one place and quietly and quickly eat it.
- Consider your choice of cookie carefully. The small chocolate chip cookies from Trader Joe’s that you passed by are less likely to give you away with cookie-mouth than the Newman-O’s you so desire.
I must give Carter credit though for having the forethought to put the chair back in its place instead of leaving it in the kitchen as evidence that he used it to climbed up onto the counter in order to reach the cookies in the cabinet. He is a smart boy and with a little more time I fear he will completely master the art of cookie sneaking.