A Clockwork Benny

This is a Mother’s Day post about noise. Or lack thereof.

And if you’re a mom, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

Experienced mothers understand that there’s one noise that they never, EVER want to hear in their house (or even worse, SOMEONE ELSES” house). We call that noise “The Eerie Silence.”

It’s the silence that lasts a few minutes longer than it should. It’s the long, freaky silence that makes you pop your head up and tilt your ear and move your eyeballs around the room because you KNOW that there’s something going down and it can’t be good because it probably involves the dirty clothes basket and your toilet.

Yes, THAT kind of silence.

Busy, tired, and overworked moms love a moment’s peace when they can get it. But there’s a difference between what we know as “a moment’s peace” and “the eerie silence”: about 90 seconds.

A lot can happen in 90 seconds.

Walls can get drawn on. Jewelry can get broken. And even iPods can get flushed down the toilet. (I’ve experienced all three.)

This past Friday, however, Benny decided to stir it up a bit:


"Dude! Your mascara's on my toddler." "No! Your toddler's in my mascara!"

LOML: “What the hell is on his FACE?!”

ME: “Calm down. I think I know what happened. Don’t spook him . . . I need to get my camera first.”

Because only a mother with a blog would reach for her camera instead of a washcloth after discovering her toddler has been experimenting with mascara.


"I getting into mama's stuff."

It’s hard to see because I went all willy nilly in PhotoShop, but there’s mascara all over his blanket and hands . . .

Little boy playing with makeup; Toddler; Boy; Makeup

"How'd I look mama? I look handsome?"

There’s also a big clump in his hair.

Little boy playing with makeup; Toddler; Boy; Makeup

"Like this, mama?"

He’s concentrating so hard that there’s drool coming out of his mouth . . .

Little boy playing with makeup; Toddler; Boy; Makeup

"I doing it, mama! I doing it!"

Here’s to having an “Eerie Silence”-free Mother’s Day . . .

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05 2010

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  1. 1

    Better keep your closet closed and locked, I think. :-)
    .-= Marvin´s last blog ..Regina Spektor, "Dance Anthem of the ’80s" =-.

  2. 2

    Ha – these are great pics!
    And sometimes having a blog is a good stress-reliever. Back in the old days before I had a blog, I think there were many times when I totally freaked out about something that happened, whereas if it happened now-I would definitely stop, take pictures and then consider for a minute how great of a blog post this will make!

  3. Lisa Lisa #

    It’s funny how he knows that he’s supposed to apply it some where near his eye area. You think kids don’t notice that stuff :)

  4. 4

    He looks FANTASTIC! Like mama, like son…
    .-= Vicki´s last blog ..Mother’s Day 2010 =-.

  5. 5

    Yep, the last time I heard the eerie silence, the kids had taken all the baby wipes out of the package and stuck them any and every where they could think of. Did I mention it was a ginormous package of very wet wipes…

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