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If you buy something expensive, they will ruin it.

My beautiful daughter can often be found trying to mimic me.  I've always enjoyed the fact that she wants to do what I'm doing and wants to act like me.  This has served me well.  She will repeat phrases I say to her; such as, "My mommy is beautiful" or "Supercallafragalisticexpialladocious" (which often comes out simply as superdocious).  She mimics my behaviors, so I can easily get her to walk like an Egyptian or do the Hokey Pokey.  

As I've grown older, I like to think that I have also grown wiser.  I have learned what things I need to purchase in quantity and what things I need to for quality.  I take pride in the things I purchase for their quality, trying to be sure that they have a full life of use.

I was getting ready one morning when she was still my only child.  Still learning all of the Mama's Laws, I wasn't paying complete attention to her and was letting her play in one of my bathroom drawers.  After all, how much harm could a small child really do?  Unfortunately, she chose that day to learn how to unscrew the caps of bottles.  Now, I quickly learned after the birth of my firstborn and many sleepless nights, the importance of under-eye concealer.  I found one that I love.  But, it's not cheap.  I consider the fact that, at this point in my daughter's life, she had seen one of my most important daily rituals being the application of said concealer.  Without it, I looked like a zombie.  So, towards what other item would a little girl's sticky fingers migrate?  You got it, she took my concealer and applied it all over her face.  She also took my mascara and tried applying it like lipstick.  The end effect was remarkable...in that I didn't have a nervous breakdown.

Thankfully, products can be re-purchased.  Payback pictures can be taken (I consider it one of my Top Ten rules to always have a camera nearby so that I can strategically "remind" my children of their earlier years).  And, life goes on.  Mama's Law learned: if you buy something expensive or of any intrinsic value to you, they will find it and destroy it.

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