A few weeks back C woke up in a particularly foul mood. Nothing would please the kid. I looked at him across the breakfast table and asked, What are we going to do about these Whinies?
He paused and said, Mom, I have a great idea. We need a Whinie Catcher!
I told him I thought that was brilliant.
In the spirit of the Dream Catcher he made last month we headed to SCRAP, grabbed a basket and let his imagination fly. He raced through the aisles excitedly, reaching into the bins. This will zip them up, lock them up, scare them, chase the Whinies away! His enthusiasm was contagious. Yes, whatever it takes!
A grand total of $6.20 later we returned home and built THE WHINIE CATCHER:
A funnel (to pull them in – those Whinies are a tricky lot)
Halloween decor (to scare them away)
Multiple zippers (to zip them up!)
A staple remover (to bite them!)
3-D glasses (to see them coming)
Handcuffs (lock’em up)
A race car plate (to chase them away)
A stick (to whack’em)
A wooden box (to trap them once they’re caught)
A plastic smiley cup (to turn their frowns upside down)
A rainbow bracelet (because rainbows make the Whinies happy)
Plastic from a six pack? (not sure on that one)
An eye dropper (to squeeze them)
A violin chin rest (did I mention you can find some random stuff at SCRAP?) apparently handy in smashing the Whinies
An upside down ceiling lamp
Batteries included! For the most part it’s been working pretty well. But sometimes it turns itself off and will need to be reset. Or turned up to level 10. The other day Carson told me it was turned up as high is as it goes.
But you’re still whining. That doesn’t make any sense.
Maybe it’s time to replace the batteries, he told me.