The famous saying, "the writing on the wall" (handed to us in the story of Daniel and King Belteshazzar in Babylon) has gone down in classic literature to describe events of a clear cut and sometimes supernatural nature. The writing on the wall in Babylon told King Belteshazzar that his kingdom was about to be divided between the Medes and the Persians. Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, and all that. "The writing on the wall" is a sign to all that someone's days are numbered.
Well, the writing on our wall last night let us know that a "Certain Someone's" days of unrestricted crayon usage are also numbered. No divine hand had scribed the eight-inch block letters above his bed... And when a hastily pointed finger denounced his completely illiterate brother as the culprit, the charges went from vandalism to "little liar". For there, written in bold fuschia crayon, larger than life was... ARI!
The full text had a vaguely Latin feel to it, much like the graffiti one might find in an alleyway of Pompeii. I, PROCARIT.
And thankfully, when Jessica brought the boys into the bathroom to brush their teeth, I slipped in with a camera and snapped a few pictures for posterity's sake. Yes, we even thought it was funny at the time. And really, a 150 ft sq. white wall is just about the most tempting surface to write on to a boy just learning his letters.
Is a day coming when Ari will be crafty and/or vindictive enough to write Jude's name on a wall? Only time will tell.