Something smells hot

Have you ever said that? Do you know what I mean when I say something smells hot? That’s what I said when I went to the basement to get something out of the freezer yesterday. I turned the humidifier off incase that was running hot them kept sniffing around the basement.

As I was in one part of the basement, I heard my 10 year old close the bathroom door…and he never uses that bathroom (it has spiders in it sometimes so he refuses).  So of course that seemed weird to me so I went in there to investigate.

I found this floating in the toilet


Why yes, that is a melted plastic bowl that used to hold mixed fruit. At first my son tried to play stupid and innocent, but gave up the act pretty quickly. He found lighter we use to light the bug candle outside and decided to try it out. Luckily he was at least smart enough to do it in the bathroom where he could throw it in the water right away.

After explaining to him just how stupid that was…he could have burned the house down, killed the dogs…and is lucky he didn’t set the fire alarms off which would have surely given me a heart attack hearing that when I got home…I think gets how serious and dumb that decision was.

Punishments so far have included making him fish the cup out of the toilet, cleaning two bathrooms, basement, doing the dishes twice, no electronics, and going grocery shopping. Also he won’t be staying home by himself for any length of time for a whole, which means he gets to go to all his little brother’s baseball practices.

Anyone else’s kid make any idiot decision like this? How did you handle it?

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