It’s Not All Mary Poppins


A nightmare can be such a simple thing.

The lid for a black Sharpie lies on the dining room table. A lid which, when last seen, had the Sharpie firmly attached.

There are five toddlers under the age of three in my home. There is also a loose Sharpie, with the safety off, somewhere in that home.

This is my nightmare.

May 23, 2007 - Posted by | crafts, eeewww, random and odd, the dark side


  1. oh my god. I can totally feel the horror!

    Comment by ktjrdn | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. My sympathies! I’d suggest Googling “cleaning Sharpie” ASAP so that you’re prepared for whatever you may find. Good luck!

    Comment by BookMama | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. Just listen for the silence… it’s a sure sign of trouble.

    Comment by ~Sheryl | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. Oh dear! I cringed when I read that post! Good luck finding the weapon!

    Comment by karly | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh Lord, I can feel the shivers starting! Good luck finding it and hope that the damage is minimal.
    As an aside, alcohol or acetone (fingernail polish remover)will clean up most sharpie marks. Although, acetone will remove color from just about anything so I tend to stick with alcohol swabs.

    Comment by Dani | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  6. Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser gets black sharpie off cherry wood tables and white kitchen cabinets. Run out and get one NOW because you ARE going to need it.

    Comment by M&Co. | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  7. Bahahaha…the worst would be if one of them found it and starting drawing tattoos on the others.

    Just a note…the “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” is made with formaldehyde (also called methanal), I wouldn’t use it on anything that could or would be touched by small children.

    Comment by Sheri | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  8. Actually, the Magic Eraser/formaldehyde rumor is false, according to Snopes (my favorite site to check out strange rumors):

    Comment by Jenn O | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  9. i shuddered a little when i read this. here’s hoping for nothing awful!

    Comment by Lara | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  10. Well, then I stand corrected. With a rumour like that though, it feels better to be safe than sorry.

    Comment by Sheri | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  11. Oh no! I hope you found it by now. is one of my favorite sites for clearing up rumors. Good to know I can still use my Magic Eraser–the little guy has learned how to scribble, and his sister leaves pens and markers around all the time.

    Comment by Alison | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  12. With a name like Sharpie, I thought at first the children were in danger. Do let us know what happened, we’ll all worry until we know the pen is found.

    Comment by z | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  13. Reminds me of the day our blue couch was decorated using non-washable texta (used to label the toddler’s clothing). Original artwork. Lovely.

    Comment by Kat | May 23, 2007 | Reply

  14. I hope that the lack of follow up post one-hour later means that y’all were having a nice day, rather than madly scrubbing away Sharpie scribbles.

    Congratulations on your marriage! Did you end up getting a fancy cake?

    Comment by Lady M | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  15. congratulations!

    Comment by kate | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  16. lol, how to strike fear into the heart of a childcarer!x

    Comment by jenny uk | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  17. In my house, it’d be my older child that would scare me with it more than the younger. (She can SPELL!)
    But little ones are such artists! I hope by now you have found the pen!

    Comment by LoryKC | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  18. Oh dear. My toddler took an ink pen to the arm of our couch a couple of weeks ago — under his daddy’s ‘supervision’ from the same room! Grrrr. At least it came out in the wash (ikea, woo hoo!).

    Comment by ewe_are_here | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  19. Disaster waiting for a place to happen. Good luck and as I’m late as usual I hope by now you’ve found it the easy way.

    Comment by ann adams | May 24, 2007 | Reply

  20. Toddlers and an uncapped sharpie is some serious, permanent drawing on your house juju. Let’s hope they draw on their bodies rather than your house.

    Comment by blytheswideshut | May 25, 2007 | Reply

  21. I’m a little worried that as of yet there is no update. Please let there not be Sharpie destruction everywhere.

    Comment by Dani | May 25, 2007 | Reply

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