Ruined by the Pencil

Crayons de couleurI love my children with all my heart, but there are days when I would gladly leave them with the sitter and drive away for a few hours if I had the option to do so. Today was one of those days. 

Ellie woke up in an ill mood, and she whined and back talked about every little thing. There really isn’t anything new in that. I’m used to her overly dramatic days after 5 years of them, but today she took it to a whole new level. She got in trouble for knocking Aubrey down on purpose. I asked Ellie to apologize to her sister. She refused, so I sent her to her room while I took Aubrey into the kitchen with me to fix lunch. A few minutes later I heard the tv come on in the living room and headed to investigate because that meant Ellie was blatantly ignoring my request to spend time in her room.

What I found brought me to tears. Ellie decided to “pay me back” for punishing her. She found a pencil in her room, quietly sneaked back into the living room, climbed the back of the couch, and used her pencil to color the train of my wedding dress on our wedding portrait. The portrait is a 20×24 canvas I received from Canvas On Demand a few years ago, and it’s one of my most prized possessions. 

I managed to remove some of the pencil by gently cleaning it with soap and water like you would regularly clean a photo canvas, but I’m afraid to scrub the canvas hard enough to attempt to remove any of the thicker lines. 

Needless to say I am heartbroken, and she is most definitely grounded!