Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mommy's Little Helper

We have an ongoing struggle in our house. It's over toilet paper. Yeah, I know. I should just get over myself. But we are a household of really incredibly stubborn people, and this is one thing on which we simply cannot agree.

The biggest issue is that I think the roll should hang from behind, but Hubs and the Teenager are both convinced it should hang from the front.  I'll prove I'm right with some cleverly composed arguments in a future post. For now, just know that neither Hubs nor the Teenager have EVER placed a new roll of TP on the holder. But, they feel all entitled to take the existing one off and turn it around the wrong way. AARGH!!

Anyway. On Sunday, Little Boo (remember, he's only 4 1/2) came down over the stairs and announced to me, "Mommy, we needed more toilet paper, so I put a new roll on for you." Huh?  Yes, you heard right. The FOUR YEAR OLD recognized that he had taken the last sheet of TP. Then he reached down into the supply, took a new roll, started the roll, took the old empty roll off and put the new one on. Correctly, I might add. (You know, hanging down behind .. right?)  I was stunned.

I'm thinking, if the 4yo can do this, it can't be too hard, right? It's not in fact some magical task that only grown women are capable of mastering. Cause, you know, I was starting to wonder if it was something to do with that second X chromosome.

He also seems to have mastered another arcane skill ... putting dishes into the dishwasher rather than leaving them sitting on top.  He dropped his spoon during dinner last night. So, he walked it over to the dishwasher, opened it and deposited the "dirty" spoon, then went and got himself a new one from the drawer. (We'll deal with the 5 second rule another time.)

I am more in love with my little guy than ever. And for all you preschool girls out there, yeah I will try to encourage this behaviour to continue. Hello amazing husband material!


  1. Interesting. :) I'm on the hanging from the front side. Hotels do it that way, even fold the end into a point. However, I'm not picky because I'm happy if the TP makes it onto the holder!

  2. Hey Sister I am following your lovely blog now too. I personally do not care which way the toilet paper hangs and actaully if you asked my spouse he would say I am the toilet paper stiffer. Never ever ever do I remember to replace when I have finished a role. (Well I don't know somehow I can recall how to do it when my kids need their little butts wiped. But I truly always forget or leave like one sheet for husband.) It's mildly comical now how I always hear that "really?" from the bathroom in the middle of the night. Course if I remembered then he wouldn't wake me up with the "really?" Ah well his thing is the stupid garbage can. It could be overflowing like garbage pail jenga and that man would not lift his arms to carry it out the door. Anyways never a dull moment and I wouldn't want it otherwise. Charmed to have met you on the shesconnected circuit.

  3. Hi Paula! Glad to see you found your way here. It was super to meet you yesterday!

    We have those garbage can issues here as well. I once decided to try to hold out and see if he ever actually would change the bag. But it got to the point the lid wouldn't close, he showed no sign of stopping shoving things in there, and I just couldn't cope with it! LOL What can you do?


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