Last week the kids were on Spring Break, so we celebrated by packing our non-existent bags, and setting off for a grand Staycation.
Save for the plague of stomach flu that kicked in for the final few days, we had a great time. We went out for over-priced-but worth-it-for-the-ambience hamburgers and shakes. We decorated plates, and seahorses, and dogs, and vases at one of the trendy paint-your-own-pottery spots. We saw some friends, played an epic, four-day-long game of Monopoly, and enjoyed more than one lazy, pajama-clad afternoon.
But my favorite thing from our week of tomfoolery was when my kids built a gigantic fort — a castle, really — sprawled across the basement floor. My architect-in-training daughter sketched out the plans, and meticulous, methodical (and cooperative!) construction ensued.
Using card tables, cushions, chairs, a soccer goal, a nap mat, hockey sticks, and every one of my old blankets and sheets that could be found, they created an intricate empire — complete with secret passages, a reading room, turrets, and a balcony. This baby was a massive 14′ by 16′ kingdom, where the only thing missing was a crocodile in the moat.
When I came down to see the finished structure, I was amazed. Eyes shining, they crawled me through the grand tour, pointing out the finer details. I saw the nooks and crannies. The best places to hide. And the cozy spots to curl up and dream.
As I lounged on a bean bag in the “Cubs Room” (resplendent with blue and red interior, no castle is complete without one), images of my own fort-building days came to mind. None was as elaborate at this one, but I can remember draping a blanket from couch to chair, ducking inside, and truly believing that behind the almost see-through barrier, I had entered a different world.
A world where I was a princess.
Or, just a kid who needed some space to lie back with a flashlight and a good book.
In your fort, you could be wherever and whatever you wanted to be. All that was needed was a little change in perspective.
It pleased me to no end to see my kids finding this same bit of a magic in a heap of old blankets, and I confess to spending some time in that castle during the break even when they weren’t around.
I looked at their patchwork creation of hodge-podgery and saw this:
They built a castle with my old Holly Hobby sheets.
It’s all about perspective.
A stack of blankets.
Some notes on a page.
An impossible project.
What will you build today?
For an extra dollop of inspiration, parents, teachers, and word-loving folks may want to check out this great link for creating book spine poetry.
This post was part of Get Inspired Monday! — a series created to help you dig into your week and find inspiration in unexpected places.
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