Saturday, September 11, 2010

Forts and Bridges and Couch Cushions

Yesterday, Little Man woke up from his nap a little cranky (probably due to his 5:30 am wake up time for the past 4 days) and he started in whining about wanting to make a bridge. Yes, he wanted me to create him a bridge to be able to walk from the coffee table to the couch. I explained that I didn't know what I could do for him and that is when he decided that Papa Bear should cut a tree down from our backyard to make him a bridge. He even went so far as to call Papa Bear at work and tell him that he stays away too long at work and to come home as soon as possible to make him a bridge. Yes, 3 year olds are very egocentric. But I was able to appease his need for the creation of the bridge by making him a fort using every couch pillow in the house, his Thomas Tent and Peanut's car. It took me back to the hours that my brother and I would spend creating and playing in forts when I was little. Having a place of our own that was small and comfy and ours. He played with his toys in the fort, spied of me and giggled the whole time. I see a future of my couch cushions used as motorcycles, walls of forts, bridges and all of the things that fill my children's imaginations. There is a part of me that cringes because I didn't buy those couches with forts in mind, but then I hear my Little Man's giggle as he peeks out his spy hole in his fort and I realize that I will buy more couches in this life but I can't buy giggles like that for any amount of money.

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