So we all breathe each other’s air, and we all get a little bored these days. Recently I have been convicted of automatically saying, “No, just go read a book,” whenever the children want to do (messy) creative stuff. This is probably because of the Inertia of too Much to Do coupled with the Fear of Huge Messes. Reading books may be all right for a while, but it gets to be blasé in a long, confined, cold time. Nor can one always think up jobs for the bored child. It comes down to the nitty grits. My life for yours. My small hour of clean floor sacrificed for your fun. Not such a big deal, really, when one comes to think of it.
I decided to try saying, “Sure, let’s do that!” to as many requests as I reasonably can. I didn’t tell the kiddos, of course. 🙂 I am smarter than that!
Why, yes, I guess we can make carrot halva, Gregory. Isn’t it so interesting that they put that recipe in your Reading book? (Inner groans. It says to cook one hour, then fry twenty minutes, stirring constantly, so it doesn’t burn. Betcha I know who will be doing most of the stirring.)
Sure, let’s cook up some play dough. You want to do all the food colorings? Okay. Just don’t mix the colors in the tubs.
Yes, I think a tea party would be a lot of fun. You set the table while I get the food ready. (And oh, the drama in the interim. Who invented tea parties, anyway?)
No, you may not have candy right now. I know you went potty, but we are having lunch soon.
Sure, give everybody a mandarin orange. That won’t spoil your appetite.
Let’s all go outside and explore (in the mud and cold)! (Even if it means I will have to tote a 26 pound tot who can’t maneuver too well in boots.)
A play dough party with all the cookie cutters? (Crumbs, crumbs, crumbs. I just swept the floor.) Okay. You are going to have to help with cleanup, though.
No! Don’t eat that bread crust!!!
Well, just be sure to put all the paints and brushes away when the baby wakes up.
Oh, yes, Hide and Seek will be so much fun if we turn off all the lights. (Hey, stop following me! Go find your own hiding place!)
You want to make something fun? How about Peanut Blossoms? (Fractions. Lord, let him get these fractions!) Okay, you are gonna have to wait to lick your fingers until you are all done.
Yes, we can watch “Mission to Mir” as soon as the living room is cleaned up.
No, you may not sit beside each other and toss golf balls back and forth while I read your Bible story. …Just because…
Okay. One more story. But not that long one.
Well, I guess you can read for a little while in bed.
Yes, I do like you, children.