Among the many hats I wear since becoming a mother, the one that is least attractive on me is that of warden.
When there is an infraction among the inmates, I must dutifully dole out punishment.
Such was the case last week when Emme stabbed her sister in the head with the business end of a pencil.
Which was rather surprising, since Emme is the least violent of the trio. I was witness to the offense, and I do know that it had more to do with carelessness than a desire to be rid of a younger sister.
She stabbed her sister in the head with a pencil.
There was immediate remorse demonstrated by the defendant, while considerably more pain and suffering was exhibited by the victim.
I banished the accused to another room a holding cell while I examined the wound inflicted upon the younger sibling.
There was evidence that a sharp end of a pencil made contact with the victim’s scalp. Cailey insisted that I take a picture of the injury because she was unable to see the back of her head, and the photograph could then be entered into evidence.
Since I set my camera to “macro” which I’ve been told to do by the resident C.S.I. when taking extreme close-ups, the wound looks more impressive than it actually was.
Exhibit A: The back of the victim’s head
When Cailey demanded to see the injury inflicted upon her, she wailed even louder. And demanded a Barbie bandage through sobs.
In an attempt to sway the judge and jury, I’m guessing.
The time came to sentence the accused. This particular criminal is generally not affected when something is taken from her. So, I decided another approach would be more effective.
I determined that she would have to serve time doing community service that would be of benefit to the victim. She was to make her sister’s bed every day for a week.
Her sister sleeps on the top bunk. Emme? Not crazy about heights. Or bed making.
And Cailey got the chance to add her own signature to the sentence. Cailey decided that she would like her older sister to spend an hour of quality time playing Barbies with her. Every day for a week.
Allrightythen. Let me get this straight. So you want to spend an hour every day playing with the person that stabbed you in the head with a pencil?
Dutifully, Emme apologized and Cailey forgave her. And then Emme returned with a smile after making her sister’s top bunk.
Note to self: remind Cailey to check the sheets carefully before settling in for the night.
I’m hoping my new and improved mode of punishment will aid in the avoidance of a life of crime. Because as I’ve told my girls many many times, just say no to horizontal stripes.
And dayglow orange? It’s a color best to be avoided.