Thursday, March 29, 2007

Crime and Punishment

In some countries, punishments for crimes are tied to whatever crime was committed. For example, stealing is punishable by cutting off the thief's hand. Or, adultery leads to being stoned to death. Murder results in hanging or the firing squad.

However, that's not how things roll here in the United States of Jen.

Today Elegant hit Graceful with a shovel. Yes, a metal one.
Graceful is fine. Obviously, I can't punish Elegant by hitting her back with the shovel, so I had to be more creative and find a way to really make her sorry. Consequently, Elegant did not get dessert after dinner tonight (big whoop) and will also be going to bed an hour early (a much bigger deal). She's claiming double jeopardy and that she shouldn't be punished twice for the same crime. I've warned her she's about a half step from no TV or desserts all weekend, as well as very early bedtimes during that same time. So far, she's managing to stay on the right side of the law.

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