Thursday, December 08, 2005

One Finger

The boys investigate the Christmas tree. The rule: You may touch the ornaments with One Finger. One finger guarantees a gentle touch, and precludes grabbing.

Sweet, reliable Darcy demonstrates the concept.

10 Comments:

Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

Do you have the list of children's names on your blog so that you can keep track? :)

12/08/2005 03:06:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Some days, yes. This one, yes. It's been one of those weeks.

12/08/2005 03:13:00 p.m.  
Anonymous BeckaJ said...

That was the rule in my paren'ts gallery - anything could be touched, from the paintings to the most delicate ceramics, as long as it was with one gentle finger. There were only two instances of child-related breakage. One parent was far too nervous to allow their child to explore, and another was an interaction between projectile vomit and a watercolor. Poor kid. I wonder if their parent still has that painting...

12/08/2005 04:01:00 p.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

Must instigate the 1 finger rule when our tree goes up

12/08/2005 04:09:00 p.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

Oh and you still have my old blog link...I have changed address Mary to http://aginoth.blogspot.com

12/08/2005 04:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

That was our rule when the kids were little!

Now if only I could get the cats to follow it....

12/08/2005 04:35:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

beckaj: I feel vindicated! If it works in a gallery, it can surely work in my living room, where none of the ornaments cost more than $25.00, and most cost under 5!

The vomit...a variation of "you break it, you buy it". Was the painting utterly ruined or enhanced by a little extra depth and texture?

Aginoth: Oops. Sorry about that.

misfit: A good rule it is, too. Good luck with the cats, though: they're way, way harder to train...

12/08/2005 05:07:00 p.m.  
Anonymous BeckaJ said...

The painting was utterly ruined...watercolor does not mix well with other liquids - but even though Mom was prepared to write it off as a business loss, the parents insisted on paying. And buying serval other peices...out of embarrassment I think!

12/08/2005 06:16:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...

how sweet.

your fireplace looks pretty Mary....very cool photo!!!

12/08/2005 09:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Beckaj: So the story had a happy ending - for your mother, at any rate! Presumably for family too, since they got several pieces of artwork they might not otherwise have bought, had their child not...motivated them!

kimmyk: Thanks! I've had a fireplace in the last few places I've lived, but sadly this one is sealed and unusable. I have a dream of putting in an insert and having at least a gas fire there some day. I have a LOT of things on my "some day" list!!

12/10/2005 09:41:00 p.m.  

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