Tuesday, October 23, 2007

STOP ALREADY!

My son has been into Sharpies lately. Over the summer he begged me to buy bunches of them.

So I did. BIG mistake!

He proceeded, the entire summer, to Sharpie anything and everything he could think of! I'd walk into his room and there was constantly this overwhelming smell of the Sharpies (you know the smell) and him there on the floor, hovered over an old toy or something ... ee,ee,ee,ee (*the sound a Sharpie makes*). I began to worry that he was doing that sniffing or huffing I've heard about and so I would tell him to "Stop already" with all the coloring of everything (entire shoe boxes, small trucks, treads of shoes, bills of ball caps ...). "STOP ALREADY. And ... if you have to do it - open a window or take it outside."

It became a joke in our family and with friends - this strange obsession he had with Sharpies. I'd joke to friends, "Oh ... it's the same refrigerator - we just left The Boy too long alone - WITH A BLACK SHARPIE - in the house."

I swear - he has colored everything!

I think we should have him Sharpie that old Studebaker we have sitting in our driveway (long story - will one day write about that under the category: My husband and his redneck hobbies). Color it black (all of it - ee, ee, ee, ee, ee) - put some bright orange and red flames on the hood and down the sides - insert the SHARPIE logo in scroll writing amidst the flames - send it to the Sharpie company as a commercial for this product - get some money out of this CRAZY obsession.
I try to encourage my children's artistic enthusiasm - I do. But Son ... STOP ALREADY!

On the upside ... He's not coloring as much lately as he was over the summer. Maybe he just had too much time on his hands - ya think?

41 comments:

Nicki said...

At least he was being creative! He could have spent the entire summer watching TV. As long as his eyes weren't crossed and his head wasn't spinning when school started again I think he's okay:)

Terri said...

What is it with kids and Sharpies? My kids are fascinated with them, too. I have to hide mine because they are constantly being absconded by the two smallish people that live in my household.

bermudabluez said...

I would have been a little worried about the whole toxic smell thing too, but at least he was being creative!

Family Adventure said...

Hey, I love the smell of Sharpies, too. And I LIKE the sound the sharpie makes when you use it. I think your boy and I could hang for an hour or so...that car would be done in no time!

- Heidi

Becky said...

It must be something in the air...I've known of several people lately whose kids have gotten hold of Sharpies. My toddler recently 'tattooed' himself and drew all over the unfinished wood desk in my older son's bedroom with a black Sharpie. What I don't get is how he managed to find the ONE sharpie in a bucket of a hundred other washable (and scented)markers!

I can't take the smell of Sharpies, but they do produce really nice, even colors. I remember using them to color in the white checks on my VANS shoes in high school. In more recent years, I've been known to use a black Sharpie to cover over some gray hairs...

Karen said...

You are a better mom than I will ever be. I hoard my Sharpies for fear the mysterious Nobody will write on walls with it, or color carpets. I also routinely confiscate regular will-wash-off markers for the same reason.

But I seriously think you're onto something with the Studebaker. That would be too cool!

InTheFastLane said...

My middle child ones Sharpied the inside of his belly button. It is way to hard to clean a squirming 4 year old's belly button. So we gave up and let it wear off. It took months. We called him "Black Hole Belly Button" and asked people if they wanted to see it. It was like a carnival attraction :)

WorksForMom said...

Oh too funny!! But kudos to you for even buying them for him! And why can't someone make a washable Sharpie already?? And that car? Can't WAIT to hear about it!

Hetha said...

Yes! Turn it into an entrepreneurial adventure! Save money on a paint job for the car!

Sober Briquette said...

I can't imagine actually giving my kids a Sharpie until they're old enough to get a fake ID. I mean, aren't they permanent??

Does this make me an anal-retentive neat freak?

Karen MEG said...

Kellan, you had me laughing out loud with this one. Sharpie-ing that Studebaker! You never know what you might make money off of.
Those fumes are killer, aren't they? The things boys get into ...

BeachMama said...

You are so brave! I wouldn't leave a Sharpie in the hands of J, not a chance. I, however, love them. They somehow inspire me to be creative. Love the Studebaker, does it run??

Christine said...

when i was an archaeologist we were SO possessive of our sharpies! we used them to label artifact bags and for other tasks around the site. we were obsessed!

EC said...

OH I'm so with your son on this one. I never leave home without a sharpie! It is fabulous! My obsession started when I would try to get autographs of my favorite football and baseball stars, and now I carry two in my purse, a thin headed one and the really thick one that is great for almsot everything, lol.

Susanne said...

You are one brave woman putting Sharpies into the hands of a boy! I have never worked up the guts to do that. But I like your idea for the car! :v)

Jean Stockdale said...

As the mom of 2 grown boys, I can honestly say that you never know what will catch their attention! So glad you saw our puppy! She is adorable and my man has been enjoying re-living the sweet memories of his Queen Sue and the days of his youth. It is fun! Thanks for checking in with me. blessings.

Janet said...

Yeah, the Sharpie is a little bit dangerous. My son went upstairs with a black one about six months ago - - ee ee ee - - then came down looking very proud of himself.

"There," he declared. "That ought to keep Hailey out of my room."

Turns out he wrote a Danger All Girls Stay Out kind of sign. Directly on his beautiful, old fir door. With a Sharpie. He scrubbed it for a l-o-o-o-n-g time and it barely faded.

Momish said...

Yikes, sharpies make me nervous because they are permanent! But I have to say, I love the smell! The erasable crayons just don't smell as good, I admit.

P.S. I love your quote of the day!

Catizhere said...

Mine are still too young for Sharpies.
Although yesterday Maggie came home from daycare & was coloring a picture for Daddy with her so-called "washable markers" HA! Washable my big toe!
Annnyway, Will somehow got ahold of the dark blue marker. Have I mentioned that he's 15 months old?
What's the 1st thing a 15 month old does with something? Yep. Right in the mouth.
I was in the kitchen washing the lettuce, looked up & saw him with blue drool all down the front of him, on his white t-shirt, his hands, running down his arms....
Maggie has no idea how he got that marker.

Mom2TyNTay said...

That is hilarious! My son (10 yrs) was just going around with an orange mini Sharpie last night writing on everything and making everyone "sign" stuff. lol

Hmmm, do you think they're sniffing them too much? LOL

MyStarbucks said...

That is so funny. What is it with kids and Sharpies? There are so many wonderful washable marker colors and they want Sharpies. Go figure.

Jeni Allen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! How did you find me?

Nap Warden said...

I share the sharpie addiction...If your son won't do the car, I will!

Queen of My Domain said...

Your a much better mom for giving him Sharpie's than I am. You have to pass a pretty high security clearance in our house in order to get one.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Julie Pippert said...

permanent + color + kids = NO WAY! in my life LOL.

LOL about your car. :)

Julie
Using My Words

Amy said...

You gave your kid SHARPIES??!!?? Oh, I hide Sharpies so well half the time I can't find them myself. You are a brave and patient woman.

Linda said...

Kellan, I just found your blog today, and I'm ohsoglad I did! I've enjoyed the posts immensely. I'm curious about your name; I considered naming my 15 year old girl Kellan or some form of it--how did your mom choose your name?

Kari & Kijsa said...

There are still traces of red sharpie in the front hallway- reminders of the two-year old's creative exploits last summer! Love the idea of the Sharpie car- now we want to see that!!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

we_be_toys said...

You are a braver woman than I am - after my youngest colored the windowsill with crayons, I locked up every blessed writing instrument that was permanent! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment about the cookies! The recipe was posted last week, in case anyone wanted to make some. Let me know how they come out!

Jen said...

"EE-ee-ee"!! I love it! I forgot about that sound! I think I blocked it out after my teaching days.

b*babbler said...

My husband still loves his sharpies, and he's a grown man. (Or perhaps hes still a boy - do they ever really grow up?)

vikki said...

Oooo...I love Sharpies.

Rimarama said...

This post was the laugh I needed today. (Eee eee eee).

And thanks for your comment on my blog - I hope you're right!

Victoria said...

LOL! I love Sharpies, and now my kids are addicted to them too. =). My four year old once Sharpied (yes, it's a verb) our coffee table.

carrie said...

Ooooh, I can't wait to hear the story about the car.

Until then, keep those markers away from your little artist! :) Good post!

My Goodness said...

I bet my dad would LOVE that car...and really HATE to see it colored with a sharpie...unless you let Boy use the green one!! :)
Thanks for commenting on my blog...it's beyond great to have hubby home...nice to meecha!!

onthegomom said...

My middle son (14 yo) LOVES Sharpies too. He does the EXACT same thing your son did and until I read your blog I seriously thought he was the only kid that did this (my other 3 aren't 'into' Sharpies).

I have to hide my Sharpies from him and take his and hide them too (because I do likey my Sharpie - although not enough to color all my 'stuff' with it!) It seems he has lost some interest since school started, as I have only found TWO since September!

I keep my stash and when I get them out for whatever, my daughter thinks they are new markers! Sorry to burst your bubble chickadee... these are MINE :)

LaShawn said...

I love Sharpies :-)

Maya said...

This is what I have to look forward to!!! Yeah!!!

The Egel Nest said...

I wouldn't worry...unless he pens a suicide note in sharpie ink...ee ee ee ee...life's not worth living...ee ee ee ee...Goodbye cruel world...lol


Bradley
The Egel Nest

Anna said...

I, myself, have a fasination with Sharpies...send that boy of yours right over to my house...I have tons!

 
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