Have you ever stolen from your kids? Ever gleefully robbed the little munchkins blind? Hey, hear me out! Obviously there must be some wild thrill to it, because Crow does it like it’s going out of style.
As long as I can remember, Crow has stolen things from the kids. Gary remembers her robbing their piggy banks when the kids were very tiny, so it’s not just a post-divorce hobby of hers. And given that Little Miss Felony’s multiple arrests involved stealing in some fashion, it’s clearly a favored pastime of hers.
Stealing things that Gary bought is apparently a thrill, and — clutch your heart –stealing things that I bought is damn near orgasmic. From sneakers deliberately ruined, to cherished stuffed animals dragged off to Goodwill, to jewelry and even lipgloss that mysteriously go missing seconds after passing Crow’s front door, Crow has stolen from the kids over and over.
For Christmas, I got Dove a cute silver ring with cat ears on the band, since we both love cats. I have one, and she told me more than once that she likes it, so I got her one just like it for Christmas. When she opened it, she excitedly asked me, “Is it like yours?” and smiled when I said it was.
She got to wear it maybe one day at our house, then she decided to take it back to Hickville with her after their Christmas break with us was over. When she went outside, Crow said she would take the ring and put it in her jewelry box so it didn’t get messed up. Sweet gesture, right? Nah, not when Dove later asked for the ring back, and Crow angrily told her she didn’t even know where it was.
I can’t imagine stealing from the kids. I can’t imagine it even entering my mind as a viable option, and then actually acting on it like I had any right. But it fits Crow perfectly. In order to feel upset about stealing from them, she would have to view them as people, and she does not. Why get all worked up about stealing from things, pawns, tools? The kids only exist for her to push around, manipulate, use, and brainwash.
I’m pretty sure, in the three-times-a-week trips to church to keep up appearances, Crow has heard that stealing is wrong. I suspect there’s something about lying tossed about there, too. Apparently none of that applies to Crow, though, as long as she feels like she won something or scored a point against us. All it proves to me is that she still hasn’t the foggiest notion what being a good parent or a decent person means, and that once again, the kids pay the price for it.