I'm surprised how many posts begin because I've gone off sugar. I never before realized what a central role it has played in my life! But here I go...
In the last few weeks, I've spent more time looking for non-sugary snacks at the grocery store. I don't normally buy a lot of snacking nuts, because of their price, but now I'm splurging. When I opened the can a few days after my shopping trip, this is what I found: the foil seal was opened halfway and then tucked back down.
Now, I know from personal experience that getting into stuff you know you aren't supposed to is part of childhood. I remember spending secret time in my family's food storage room. I'd pull out the buckets of sugar and flour and cornmeal and play with their contents. It's a great sensory experience to plunge your arms as far into the flour as possible and then slowly raise them up and out and let the particles stick to your arm hairs and sift through your fingers. Yes, my parents built a sandbox for us; but no sand is so fine as flour. So I get why my kids find some containers irresistible. But when I was a child, I was always very careful to put things back how I found them so I wouldn't be caught. I would shake the flour bucket to restore a smooth surface and push it back under the shelf with the label facing out at exactly the same angle as I found it. My kids seem to forget to hide the evidence of their tampering escapades. Or maybe they just don't care. Hmmm... Would I prefer to think of my kids as too stupid to cover their tracks, or too brash to be influenced by the impending consequences?
Maybe they figure that denial saves them from looking stupid as well as from the consequences. While I was reading to #5 the other day, I noticed this strange hairline on his eyelashes. (Click a photo to enlarge it.)
When I asked him who cut his eyelashes, he pretended to have no idea what I was talking about. Yet there is the evidence for all to see.
P.S. I owned a camera for years before learning about the macros feature. If you've never played with it before, try it out. You can take some amazing close-ups. (You didn't click on the eyelash photos? You really should. It's like looking through a magnifying glass.)