Every kid has that ONE friend. The “dumper” who goes into the playroom and just dumps. toys. everywhere. The one that causes trouble, makes messes and encourages chaos.
My 4-year-old, Piper, is not that friend. But somehow she manages to turn all of her friends into THAT friend.
For years I’ve wondered why all her friends are so dang naughty! She’s not a toy dumper or a particularly bad mischief-maker but every single friend she has is horrible!
Her very first friend was her cousin, Michael, who is a year older than her. Those two are TROUBLE together.
Once in a rented beach house they took every single board game and dumped out every piece and card into a giant pile and mixed them together. They’ve dumped boxes of cereal on the ground and stomped in it, they went into my walk in closet and threw every single thing into a pile on the floor.
But my favorite was when they got into a bag of nail polish, got naked (of course) and painted their entire bodies. Their “delicate areas” were meticulously covered. Super fun. My biggest regret in life is not getting pictures of the nail polish fiasco of 2016 but I was too busy calling the carpet cleaning company.
She has another friend Matthew who I adore but who I always told my husband was a serious trouble maker. These two once got into a potted houseplant, tore it apart and scattered the dirt EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t take my eyes off those two.
Recently she got a new friend, a sweet little three-year-old named Raygen.
“Surely this friend won’t cause as much mischief as every other friend she’s had over,” I optimistically thought. NOPE. They constantly also get naked in the backyard, cover themselves with sand and paint on walls.
Turns out when I left Raygen out of this picture I really was protecting the innocent.
“WHY IS MY DAUGHTER ATTRACTED TO THE NAUGHTIEST KIDS EVER?” I thought.
Then it hit me. Wait…who is the “common denominator” in all these situations? It’s PIPER!! She IS that friend! I’ve been living in denial!
Piper is the youngest child and, by nature, lives to entertain. She thrives on making other people laugh. (Her favorite joke currently is to ask people how to spell I -Cup.) Well, what is funnier to any toddler than destruction of property? The answer is nothing. Nothing is funnier. It turns out Piper is creating havoc in order to make her friends laugh, and then they do it, in turn, to crack her up! Who doesn’t love making people laugh?
In fact, one time Matthew’s mom asked him why he did something particularly naughty and his response was “because Piper thought it was funny.” I don’t know why I didn’t realize this sooner!
We had a new friend over for a play date this afternoon and I walked into the sweet little boy hysterically laughing. Piper had overturned about five toy bins and was walking around the room hitting everything with a hammer just for the sheer joy of entertaining.
She’s basically all Three Stooges wrapped up into one tiny, adorable package.
So to every mother who I assumed had the naughty kid I say “I’m sorry.” Sorry I always blamed them, never assuming my sweet child was creating disaster in her wake. And I’m sorry to every home Piper visits. Ever. For the rest of eternity.