What I learned today:
1) Vegetable oil and baking soda does wonders in getting oil pastels off of a wood floor.
2) Under so circumstances can I leave the two and a half year old alone in another room for five minutes.
3) I probably shouldn’t even let him out of my sight for 5 seconds.
Yes, that, my friends, is oil pastel on wood floor. Not just a little bit of oil pastel, lots of oil pastel, and it wasn’t only there. It was all over our living room floor. I swear, my back was turned for about 3 minutes. My two and a half year old had asked me a little while earlier if he could go outside to draw with chalk and I told him that we did not have any but we would look to find some at the store. I guess he was not quite happy with that answers because when I was talking with my nephew on Facebook, he took matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find chalk either and I suppose he figured oil pastel was the next best thing.
So, he was quiet and I’m thinking, this is kind of nice, I could get used to it (when will I ever learn). Then he comes over and takes my hands and says, “Look, Mommy. I drawing a picture.”
Yes, my boy, you sure are. All over my floor.
I smile, or attempt to, and say, “Ruadhán, we draw on paper, right?”
Still holding my hand, he turns me around and says, “But I did, Mommy.”
That doesn’t negate the fact that he also drew on the floor and we had to come up with a way to clean it up. Water? Nope. Toothpaste? Not so much. Baking Soda? Yep, but then I turned my back for 5 second to work on another section of floor.
In the end, we got it all cleaned up. We managed to do so while staying calm and I learned that you never, ever let a two and a half year old out of your sight. We’ll also be spending lots and lots of time outside with chalk and let the rain do the work!