Mike's New Car

The destructive power of kids never ceases to amaze me. 

Last year (but can't seem to find the post to link it), I described how our youngest child fed pennies to the apparently hungry DVD player in our family vehicle. 

The repair guy had a laugh, but said that he had quite a time removing those coins from our system--$90 worth of a challenge. 

The latest round of devastation by the youngest centers around the family mobile once again. 

Reenacting a scene from the Pixar and Monster's Inc. short Mike's New Car, the wanna-be-thespian ripped the vehicle rear-view mirror off of the windshield. 



Even more unfortunate, a chunk of glass came down with the automobile part leaving the windshield's integrity, well, questionable. 

The total damage caused during this episode of fun was over $200. 

With the escalating costs incurred during each damaging event, I am tempted to provide the little guy with a rocket propelled grenade launcher and let him take a shot or two at our vehicle as a proactive next step.

Even with the potential damage, I may win the round as opposed to leaving our son to his own creative and destructive devices.

32 comments:

Hilary said...

Have you considered handcuffs? A straight jacket? How about duct tape? ;)

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Ambitious little guy!

I'm with Hilary on this one!

chuckmullis said...

My little girl has the ability to wipe out content and freeze my laptop with a brief touch of her hand. The first time she did it, she was a year old and erased 2 hours worth of powerpoint presentation work when she walked by my laptop and slammed her hand down in the middle of the keyboard. There have been numerous times this kind of thing has happened with her. I understand the frustration of their destructive nature. How can someone so small do so much damage. Thanks for the post!

ladyfi said...

It's not destructive forces at play - but the wonderful world of the imagination. Such creativity needs to be encourages - but perhaps outside in large areas of woods or grass...

Diane said...

I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation for all this. I'm channeling Scooby Doo for you.... :O)

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

If he's like this now, imagine what he'll be like when he turns 16!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, wow! (sorry can't stop laughing). I can't believe the level of destruction your son accidentally caused. And I thought my 8 yo was bad. He managed to remove a letter from my work laptop with a fork when he was 2. I left my job shortly after that, and had to give them back the laptop in two separate pieces.

Clara said...

Hilary has some great ideas lol!

It's all part of the package Slam,I mean you probably wasnt an angel when you were little, were you?

Nyaaa, that's what I thought! lol

Once my grandma told my dad: One day, you'll have a child as stubborn and silly as you!
Then I was born. Tadáaa!

Smileyfreak said...

My sister is also a mini wrecking machine :) Sit back and laugh..

obladi oblada said...

Oh wow...I say along the lines of Hilary's comments...how about one of those police car cages? My kid? They prefer to destroy plumming...indoor and out.

love the blogs, look, btw.

Herding Cats said...

Oh dear. Sigh. Kids.

carma said...

have you considered mass transit when the little guy is in tow??

okasaneko said...

And I thought I'd seen and haerd it all- this one is definitely new. :-) Amazing how our kids can think of the strangest things to do, but mischief and curiosity certainly make creative partners.

Kell said...

Yikes.. seems like the curious type ha!

Nikole Hahn said...

Funny! My husband and I enjoyed reading this. It reminded me of the time when my sister tried to see how far she could put a rock into her ear before it hits the ear drum.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I think it's six of onme...half a dozen of the other...

Kids might seem to be MORE destructive...but the QUALITY of the things being made has suffered over the decades in DIRECT proportion TO that destructiveness.
(job security to those chained to the work benches in CHINA and an increasing trade deficit for US..

A "win-win" all around...???

Have a great weekend.

T.J. Carson said...

Haha you had me cracking up. There should be car insurance that covers destructive offspring lol. I am still picturing your windshield with a chunk of glass missing. Kids really are expensive, ha.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha aw, part of being a Dad I guess. I always think about how annoying it will be to have kids (I love them and want them, don't get me wrong) and just have these little beings around destroying your property and costing you money. Goofy, goofy. I'm sorry you and your wife are shelling out so much dough for him lately! Hopefully the accident phase will pass. Also, I enjoyed reading your new "about me" section on your profile.

Krista said...

LOL...

*giggle*

*laughing, increasingly loud*

I love kids. I don't have any, which probably has lots to do with it. hehehehehe

ps - I second Hilary's options! LMAO!

Audrey Allure said...

Aw, kids haha. Love Hilary's comment!

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WomanHonorThyself said...

lol awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! duct tape ..I'm on board with that one!

Vodka and Ground Beef said...

Maybe he should get a job? I have a friend who's a recruiter, so let me know if you want him to hit the work force.

Momma Fargo said...

LMAO. Wait until one of them throws a rock at your neighbor's $1000 picture window or shoots out your neighbors vehicle windows with that shiny BB gun they got for Christmas!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Oh, wow, that sounds expensive!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Kids! :) Thanks for the laugh! Sorry it cost so much to provide!

jodeeluna said...

Just wait until high school and then college. Start socking the cash away now. I'm glad you can laugh at the mishaps because they just don't stop coming.

Holly said...

Ouch - that just hurts! I have only had them hide my keys...had to have the house re-keyed...only for them to magically reappear a couple of hours later.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Oh man. I feel for you. I am cringing at what will happen to us. lol.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm sorry about the vandalism and big bill to fix it!

When my cousin was young, he put a sandwich in the VCR. That was the end of the VCR - back when they used to cost much more.

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ocmist said...

DON'T try handcuffs! We had a police officer (luckily hubby had known him for many years) come to our house because our son told his kindergarten teacher that we had handcuffed him to the bed. My husband had been in the service as a Security Officer and had several jobs since then too, so had a pair, but it turned out that it was a pair of toy plastic ones that had gotten stuck while he and his brothers were playing. Son demonstrated to police officer that even on the tightest closure of the real ones, he could slide his little wrists out of the real ones. The next time the toy ones got stuck, Hubby took a hammer to them! :)