06 January 2009

Put that on a high shelf

Sometimes, when I complain that Sonny Ma-Jiminy makes messes or uses stuff he shouldn't, I receive the insightful suggestion that I should store the problem object/s up high. "Find a high shelf," you say. "Stop him getting it in the first place."

But in reality, increased height of storage only encourages acts of increasing daredevilry in the retrieval.

Me: Sonny, I see you're playing with those little cars. It's okay, you're allowed to, I just wondered ... I thought I put them up high. In the highest shelf in the house. In your cupboard, up near your ceiling.

Sonny: Yeah. I got them.

Me: What? Show me.

Sonny: Well, I just get up here...
And then I ... eh! ...


And I just need to ...


Then I can ...


Me: Okay, I see. So what if I put this green box up there? What would you do?

Sonny: I can reach ... eh! ... Now for the tricky bit ... re-e-each ... eh! ...
Me: Okay yeah, I've seen enough. A shelf up near the ceiling isn't high enough. Fine.

17 comments:

Shelley said...

ACK!!! How incredibly daredevilish of him.
I just read your Jan 2nd post about God being distant. Sometimes, I feel that way as well. I can't tell you how lonely that feels, you know. I don't know what brought back the feeling of His closeness. All I can say is stay the course and keep on walking daily.
Blessings.

Paige said...

Some things just cannot be put high enough. When I was 3, I climbed up in my moms closet all the way to the top and found that she still smoked and kept a gun on the top shelf.

Dad made her get rid of the gun after that

Sassy Britches said...

Oh, no! I'm totally seeing that green tub fall to the floor and everything spill out all over! Either that or he turns around to balance while he reaches, and HE falls to the floor! Either way, eeeek!

Jen said...

Wow now that is impressive and I may have seem something similar here.

Joy in the Burbs... said...

Ok Ok I'll never suggest a high shelf. A picture is worth a 1000 words. I'm a total believer that high shelves won't work at your house.
I guess all chest of drawers have to be bolted to the wall.
Hopefully little sister wasn't taking notes.

Joy

bfs said...

Now that's just GREAT!! What energy! What creativity! What determination!!!

Sounds like his mama................

tinsenpup said...

I have no idea how that ended. I had to close my eyes half way through. I just peeked. Now I have to go and have a little lie down.

Hippomanic Jen said...

When I did a course on "Crime Prevention through Environmental Design" they talked about landscape (and other) architects creating 'natural ladders' which aided thieves in gaining access to things they shouldn't have access to.

I get it now.

Heather said...

In my house, this is why we quickly became fans of the child-proofing gear like doorknob covers and cabinet latches. Everything we did NOT want Kiddo getting into, we secured in one of two childproofed closets and/or in one of several childproofed cabinets. For big things, the basement is latched with a chain waaaay up at the top (well beyond any means Kiddo would have of climbing up, barring dragging the stepladder in from the garage) so that the kitty can escape to the basement where her litter box is, but Kiddo cannot follow. Santa made good use of the basement door latch this past season.

Tracy P. said...

That is hilarious. Well, for me, maybe not for you. I'm just laughing because you have shown all the people who THOUGHT they had climbers but really DON'T have climbers what an actual climber looks like. If I recall correctly, my sister found her boy on top of the fridge once. No stopping them.

Lucky me, I do not have a climber. Lucky, because you can get to the roof directly from our deck (balcony?) with barely any help from a chair. We would have to move if we had a climber.

virtualquilter said...

Joy hopes little sister wasn't taking note, but I hope Crazy Sister is!

Mrs. Tantrum said...

Um, you know because Bacon does this sort of thing too, I am starting to wonder about those "hidden floor compartments." You know the ones from the OLDEN TIME movies that were under the Oriental Rugs...I doubt that they would be brave enough to get in there...

Who am I kidding...just leave it out and tell him you don't care..then it won't be so "exciting"

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Le @ third on the right said...

ahhh cirque de soil (?) here we come ... smart boy that sonny jim - le xox

Crazy Sister said...

I love that he happily re-enacted it for you. Very nice of him.

Dee from Downunder said...

Just asking to be climbed.....

Givinya De Elba said...

It is really, isn't it? An invitation. But a higher shelf we do not have ...