The Case of the Nail Polish Thief


This past weekend was one filled with more drama than I care to normally be a part of. There were tears, tantrums, sibling rivalries and several teachable moments where absolutely nothing was learned. In other words, it was a fairly typical weekend.

It was a theft that had ignited the fires this time around. The six year old completely irate because she had become convinced that her older sister had stolen the new nail polish gift pack that had been a present from my mother this past Christmas. The alleged perpetrator wasn’t home to defend herself, her return not guaranteed anytime soon, so without any real inclination to investigate further I simply assumed that the gift pack had been misplaced and informed her that she was going to have to get over it until such a time as the polish resurfaced. Case closed.

Alaina found this to be a completely unsatisfactory resolution. She had been wronged and she demanded restitution. She demanded justice.

To a child the solution was simple: she would simply steal things from Kayla’s room until such time as she decided that they were even.

Naturally this wasn’t allowed, two wrongs not making a right and all that nonsense that we are supposed to be teaching them.

She stole some deodorant and was given a talk. She stole the Twilight book series and was given a lecture. She stole a candle and was given a warning. When she tried to hide her sister’s guitar behind her bed I took a picture, for evidence naturally, and gave myself a timeout while I laughed at the absurdity of the situation and marveled at her stubbornness in the face of an increasingly aggravated daddy.


the nail polish theif
extremely well hidden


Eventually I did what I should have done right from the beginning. I walked into the teen’s room, looked around for approximately three seconds and found the nail polish. I neither know nor care how it found itself there to begin with but will give Alaina credit for at least appearing sheepish when asked why she didn’t just take that on one of her multiple raiding missions.

I wish I could say there was at least some sort of lesson learned here. Not to jump to assumptions about the guilt of another, the lack of satisfaction found in revenge, the real life societal costs of the vigilantism celebrated in today’s comic book cultural takeover.

Instead we just got pretty purple nails.


the nail polish thief
cant win them all




18 thoughts on “The Case of the Nail Polish Thief”

  1. Ok. This one I cannot understand. She was so upset thinking her sister stole from her that she missed a chance to turn her in by showing you where the nail polish was. I know that I would want my dad to see to offending evidence so I could not only get my sister in trouble but then all do the “see, I told you” routine. She missed a huge opportunity there!

    1. I can’t explain it. She was so obsessed with stealing something of her sister’s it never even occurred to her to take back the stuff that I’m assuming she brought in there to begin with

  2. That is too funny! Kids don’t always use a lot of logic, at least not that an adult will understand.

    I once ranted that my brother stole my toy – I wanted blood. I didn’t just get my toy back, I stole his entire closet full of toys and left him with the solitary barbie for comfort. Why I didn’t just take the barbie back, I will never understand. My dad reasoned that it’s because I wanted vengeance and to teach him a lesson. My dad said I kept pointing my finger in the air and screaming “he will feel sorry by the time I am done.” #ThatFridayLinky

  3. Well this is our home on a daily basis Twins are constantly saying one has taken something, the joys of children. Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  4. Reading this sounds oh so familiar and it seems as if my two girls always resort to paying each other back when one of them were wronged by the other. I of course don’t tolerate such behaviour but sometimes I’m just so tired of playing mediator that I just allow the situation to resolve itself. #blogcrush

  5. Children and logic: They have it, it is just raw and undeveloped. That is why we don’t always get it. Or, they are simply smarter than us all. Time will tell I suppose. We have a similar issue here. #blogcrush xox

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