Monday, August 15, 2005
Newly Discovered Dangers of Reading to Your Children...
...or how Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ruined my son's hair...

So, I've been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Budgie for the past week or so. It's the first chapter book we've ever read together and he loves it! "Just another chapter Mom...just another page..." He gets so excited from the events that transpire in the book. I can see his mind formulating the pictures as I read how Charlie finally finds the golden ticket (his eyes light up, he jumps slightly beside me on the bed), how Agustus Gloop gets sucked up the glass tube (he laughs...his evil laugh). What I didn't realize is he'd take some of the story to heart and attempt to store his gum behind his ear, just like Violet Beauregarde, the gum chewing young menace...

I've just spent my first five minutes home from work cutting a sizeable chuck of gum out of his hair right behind his ear...

Reading, bah! Obviously somebody lied about the dangers of simply letting your children play video games and watch TV!

Here's the picture (forgot the flash!):



Hey, at least he has a lot more room behind his ear to store his gum now!


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