Thursday, January 8, 2009

Harbinger of Future Gremlinocity

While making up my mind to rename RC, Gremlin, I harkened back this email, which I sent out to a bunch of friends and family in August of 2006. Gremlin was just 16 months old. I should have known...


Subject: My Morning

So I'm sitting on the couch putting on HRH's shoes and getting ready to leave. Gremlin crawls out of the front entry hall heading for the kitchen and I notice that he's got what looks like sunblock all over his arms. I stand up to clean him up and learn that (a) it's all over him and (b) it's not sunblock, it's white paint that I had left in the entry hall while I've been painting the stair risers.

Gremlin had managed to get the cover off a gallon of paint and spilled the ENTIRE thing all over the entry hall rug and a good amount on the floor. He'd then left a trail like a snail stretching from the front door to the kitchen doorway.

As most of you know, we just had all our floors refinished three weeks ago. I didn't even know where to start! I grabbed Gremlin and threw him fully dressed (and covered with paint) into the tub and started filling it while I stripped him.

I then left him upstairs naked while I went down on my hands and knees with a canister of Clorox wipes, a roll of paper towels, and a bath towel.

I got to most of it while it was still wet and it came off fairly easily. The drying stuff came off with the wipes and a little rubbing. The rug is of course a total loss having martyred itself for the floors. Amazingly, there are only few splotches in between the floor boards that I should be able to dig out with a toothpick or similar tool at a later date.

Then I got Gremlin dressed, threw them both in the car, and left for work...

6 comments:

natasha the exile on Mom Street said...

Good golly, the fact that the little guy is still alive is a testament to the power of motherhood!

And also that fact that mother nature, in all her wisdom, made them so darn cute when they're little...

Sue said...

Ahh, those were the days! :)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That's funny in a very awful and stressful way... Much funnier in retrospect. I type this as I look up at the black and orange splotches left by Halloween "clings" my children decided to fling at the ceiling in October...

In fact - I wrote a whole post about how my toddlers are like gremlins and just published it today. We are obviously having similar parenting experiences...

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I know exactly what you're talking about. Been there, done that countless times.

Gremlin is the perfect name.

anymommy said...

All hail the martyr rug!!

Dysd Housewife said...

WOW. He *IS* a gremlin!! LOL

 

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