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To take a line from Joyce Palmieri (actress Penelope Ann Miller), the teacher who falls in love with Detective John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) while he’s undercover as a kindergarten teacher in the 1990 movie “Kindergarten Cop,”: “You know, kindergarten is like the ocean. You don’t want to turn your back on it.”

It seems that quote relates a lot to my 3-year-old son. He is very much like the ocean; I don’t want to turn my back on him. If I do, sometimes I’m not quite sure what I will or won’t find.

Take this morning. I was preparing for work while he sat on the couch watching “Curious George,” one of his favorite cartoons. I could hear him moving around and things rustling, but I wasn’t quite sure what he was getting into.

“Hi, Mommy!” Jacob smiled as he waved his reddish-purple-colored right hand at me from the couch.

Oh boy. I looked on the TV tray next to the couch. It, too, has some smears of the same color. A tiny bottle of nail polish stood not too far from it.

“Oh no. What did you do?” I asked him, trying to keep calm. I looked on the couch. His sister’s paisley purse with miscellaneous items in it (the nail polish apparently had been one of them) sat nearby.

I can’t remember what he said, but he smiled proudly.

I headed upstairs to get cotton balls and nail polish remover. I called my mother as I wiped his hand clean — and a small swipe of nail polish that somehow got on the side of his nose — and told her of her only grandson’s latest antic. She laughed and said, “Oh, my Jakers (one of his nicknames)!”

Easy for Mom to say. Then again, I’m sure her mother, my Nana, probably said the same thing to her when my sisters and I did things like this.

Thinking about it as I blog today, it was a small blip on the radar screen of my busy day. It was one that sidetracked me for a few minutes, but I know I will look back on it and laugh. I’ll remember it as the day my little guy decided to color his world like his mommy and sister occasionally do.