I caught the two younger boys making some bad choices so I sent them to the bathroom for a timeout.
I wanted to speak to each one of them individually about what they had done so I said to Kane, "Go outside and wait for me."
I had a good chat with Ford, sent him out and called for Kane. Nothing.
I went looking for him to find an empty house and the front door open.
My first thoughts were of course irrationally terrible so I shoved those down and ran to the door.
There my four year old sat on the porch, sucking his thumb.
I said, "What are you doing?" He said, "You told me to go outside."
"I meant outside of the bathroom, like in the hallway, as usual." "Oh, hahaha, oops."
Ford: (sternly, with brow furrowed) "Mom, we don't eat money."
Me: "That's right." (Then I remembered that earlier he had a penny which was now no where in sight) "Ford, did you eat your money?"
Ford: (no longer making eye contact and looking sheepish)
Me: "Ford, did you eat money?"
Ford: (squirming and trying to look anywhere but at me)
Me: "Ford, look at me. Did you eat your money?"
Ford: (Can't keep a straight face, and finally nods)
Ford (In a quiet sing song voice while rubbing his tummy) "It's in here... it's in here..."