The other day Gracie was making a paper turkey for school and she had to color it and decorate it however she wanted. The goal was to get creative and use things around the house to make the turkey colorful and fun.
Some of the suggestions of items to use were buttons, glitter, macaroni and other things.
Gracie being the sweet tooth little princess that she is used Skittles, M&M’s, marshmallows and Nerds to decorate her turkey.
The finished product was quite….how should I put this……..colorful and sweet and when she was making it I couldn’t help but think of the conversation that we were going to have when she tried to hang it up.
Been there. Done that.
She always wants to hang it at her eye level where she can see it and I don’t blame her. I mean who wants to strain their neck looking at their masterpiece that is hanging at the 12 foot mark.
But Gracie’s eye level is exactly the same as Sherman and Leroy’s mouth level and if we put it at their mouth level we’re either going to have a masterpiece that goes missing in the middle of the night or someone is going to slobber all over it trying to get a good sniff which is going to leave a big mess of Skittle colors running together on someone or something.
So over the years we’ve had to compromise on where the turkeys, candy cane reindeer, gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, cookie ornaments and marshmallow snowman masterpieces are allowed to be displayed.
We have a “safe zone.” Which is basically an “”out of the reach of Sherman and Leroy zone.” Which is basically a 6 foot tall zone, which kind of sucks for a 4 foot tall sweet tooth princess. Luckily for me she’s a pretty understanding sweet tooth princess and doesn’t want her dogs eating or getting sick from one of her masterpieces.
She doesn’t want that heat.
I have taught her well.
Now…… I have approximately 3 weeks to find some good “safe zone” areas for all of the rest her masterpieces that are going to make it into our home.
This is just a friendly reminder to all those dog Moms out there who have little ones at home bringing home or making their holiday masterpieces. Keep them out of reach of your dog or cat and remember that this doesn’t just apply to the holiday season, check out this story where a dog ate a child’s edible volcano project that was held together with straight pins. A very creative idea until the dog swallowed it.
I would never tell Gracie she couldn’t make something fun and creative or that she couldn’t display something that she made with love and Skittles, but we do keep in mind that we live with curious dogs who may or may not want to eat that love and Skittles.