NOTE TO READERS: My father reads this blog every day. He may or may not appreciate that I’m using this forum to write him an open letter. Perhaps he’ll leave a comment so you can find out.
You created a monster. You created him during last week’s visit. You gave him vocabulary words like experiment, farenheit, and freezing point. You gave him tools like measuring cups and digital thermometers. You taught him so much when you conducted experiments together. It was a joy to watch you teaching him.
BUT — you didn’t teach him how to use a finite amount of resources nor did you teach him how to clean up. Therefore, this is what greeted me when I came downstairs to make breakfast this morning:
No, Marc didn’t leave dishes in the sink when he left for work. He cleaned everything. I know this because he asked me to run the dishwasher after I ate breakfast, which meant everything was tidy and the dishwasher was full.
The detritus (pictured above) was the aftermath of Ari who decided to conduct some water experiments once he went downstairs this morning.
Maybe you’ll blame me. It’s clear that I was not present. Well, I was upstairs working with Isabelle, helping her with her morning work, which she did earlier than usual. Ari asked, “May I do one experiment?” I said yes. However, I didn’t think it would lead to this many items being utilized.
I know it’s not that big of a deal. (But it happened in March so it’s open to scrutiny due to the Slice of Life Story Challenge.) Everything can be washed. But I have no desire to wash extra dishes in the mornings!
So, my dear, wonderful, and awesome father, I thank you for teaching my son how to run experiments. I love that he’s interested in determining the temperature of water, figuring out when it freezes, etc. However, I am going to make a request. During your next visit, please teach your grandson to clean up after he conducts experiments. (Likewise, I encourage you to teach him to limit the supplies he uses.)