After I discovered that Daughter had taken a box of sugar free chocolate candy from the pantry, I was trying to figure out when I had left it unlocked long enough for her to get it. Generally I unlock it to get something out and then immediately lock it back up. I hadn't been able to pinpoint a time, so I had decided I just needed to be even more careful. Then Daughter said, "Do you want to see the key I used to unlock the pantry?"
I was shocked. Had I been so stupid as to leave a key where she could get at it? No. She had found a skinny key for something else that she had used to pick the lock. She had bent the key up in the process, but she was able to lock and unlock the pantry doors. Sigh.
That key is now locked up. The challenge, though, is that I'm sure there are other things she can use to pick the lock. I can't lock everything up. This morning she announced she wasn't getting out of bed. I informed her she was, as I couldn't leave her home alone anymore now that she'd figured out how to unlock the pantry. I guess she found a way to get me involved again. I'm not sure how I'll respond to this new challenge, but I'll figure out something. I wish she'd put the energy and creativity she uses for getting into trouble into more positive pursuits. If she did, there would be no stopping her.