Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Don't Let Teens Play With Children's Toys

You've all seen this seemingly safe child's toy, right?  In our part of the world, we call them "poppers" or "pop-its." You press it down on a table or floor and after a few seconds, it pops into the air. Gleeful, I tell ya.

Since my son is thirteen and is past the danger of putting it into his mouth and swallowing it, I though it was safe to let him play with this toy. After all, others like it are in my Sunday School treasure box, from which children can pick when they get up and give a talk in front of a crowd. Boy, was I wrong. Please don't call Child Protective Services.

My son, walked past me this afternoon, and as he did, I noticed some strange markings on his face--strange markings that would cause a mother of a teen extreme alarm if they were elsewhere on the body, say on a neck or somewhere.

"What happened to your face?"  He, not knowing there was anything wrong, went to the bathroom mirror. He came out with a sheepish grin and said, "Oh, I guess that happened when I stuck the popper to my face."

He stuck the popper to his face. Where was the warning label? Why wasn't I advised that adhering a popper to the face may cause a child to look as if an octopus had attacked? How many teens have been unjustly accused when they have come home at night with such bruises? "I promise, Dad, we were just playing with poppers!"  How many budding young romances have been squelched by disbelieving parents?

I will know better now. Especially in the case of my son, who charged me $1.50 to put his picture on the blog and tell his story. The little mercenary.


  1. A budding entrepreneur. A buck and a half here, a buck and a half there....

  2. Jill: Yeah, I thought so too. At least now other parents will be warned about teenage folly.

    Auntie M.: This child has been a money monger since birth. He always says he wants to be a businessman when he grows up. Three years ago he wanted to make money so he bought calendars from Oriental Trading, then resold them to his friends. He made $36. He never asks for money outright, but always says, "Do you have any jobs I can do for cash?" I kid you not, at any given moment he has more money in his wallet than I do.

  3. LOL...that makes me laugh because about a year or so ago Kailey did the same thing. She stuck it on her chin several times and had huge, perfectly round, purple hickies on her chin for a long time.

    It is just too funny! Those crazy kids of ours.

  4. Lela: Oh that is too funny! I have always thought that he and Kailey were two of a kind because of their entrepreneurial abilities and unique learning styles. This clinches it. Have any photos?

  5. I wanna say that I did take a picture, but I can't find it. I hate it when that happens. I seem to lose all the best pictures of Kailey when she is being the silliest.

  6. Lela: Since a camera is simply another one of your appendages, I am positive you did take a picture. Hmmm...all your pictures of Kailey being silly are missing....I'm thinking you're a victim of a coverup.

  7. Ken: I agree--either as a comedian or a soldier of fortune. :)

  8. What a handsome mercenary. lol

    My teen is driving me crazy with Nerf gun attacks here.


You won't be paid for it, but at least you'll know that you have contributed intelligence to the universe...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...