When I got up Saturday about noon, the open door of the bedroom across showed a compelling n mis-leading view.
There on the beautiful, shag rug was a huge pile of straw / shavings around a block with a ripped apart top, of what looked like stuff to use in a hamster cage.
Posting the pic with the caption "Well, our work is done here, nap-time" flashed thru my brain.
I'd had little uninterrupted sleep that day because of the person's visiting grandkids noise. Then when folks came in I found out it had actually been the older pre-teen child who'd made a scare-crow dummy Halloween decoration for the yard. Upon them returning from a ride, her grand parent in a regular tone just told her "That was an out-side activity." She went out to play with the dummy while the grand-parent got a shop-vac n cleaned it all up for her.
It occurred to me that not only were our kitchen habits opposite, (hers in a dish-pan, waiting to wash later- Mine washed not left in the sink,) but I told them that a big difference between me n that grandparent was, I would have made the offender clean her mess, so she would learn not to do it again. The youngster did not catch any flack for that mess at all. She learned she can get away with it, n not even offer to help a little cleaning... At least she should learn to use a drop-cloth before beginning messy projects.
Some people don't bother solving problems, n are doomed to more of the same. I always try to remedy future problem repetition.
Some folks are driven crazy when I suggest actual solutions...
Everyone likes dealing with kids their own way.
I guess some folks even like those bumpy pumpkins!