Three years ago, my mother-in-law (a fantastic cook) introduced me to a nifty little thing called a “salad spinner”. Have you ever used one? It is basically a colander that fits inside a bowl and is covered by a lid with a push-pump.
For the uninitiated, here’s what it looks like:
If you push the black knob, the internal parts spin and all the water that lingered on your freshly-washed lettuce is now trapped in the bowl. Viola! Clean, dry lettuce to serve and enjoy!
At least in theory…
Because yesterday, my daughters discovered a new purpose for the salad spinner.
A brief recap:
Me: “Um, why are Snow White and her horse in the salad spinner?”
S: “Because they were the bad guys today.”
S: “E & I were playing dolls, and we decided that those were the bad guys. And that [pointing to the salad spinner] is where they do their time-outs.”
S: “Yes. Watch.”
At that point, S put the lid on the spinner (which does make it look like a tiny jail), pushed the pump, and we both watched Snow White and the horse go flying around inside the spinner. Seriously. Flying. I got dizzy just watching them.
According to S, the spinner is quite effective as a discipline method. Snow White and her horse were both incredibly well-behaved the rest of the day. It’s food for thought, I guess, as far as discipline strategies go. But it is definitely not food for eating, since my lettuce is now covered in our toy horse’s hair.