September 17, 2010

Simple pleasures

          It has often been said we can learn a lot from a child. Especially when it comes to taking pleasure in the simple things. Like a sheet thrown over a table. This week, my daughter discovered the joy of the homemade fort. It seems her obsession with getting on top of the kitchen table has been replaced with an overwhelming desire to hide under it. Which is fine by me. Much, much safer!
          My hubby suggested I get an old sheet, throw it over the table and make a "fort" to see what she would think. I did, and she LOVED it! She spent the entire day under there playing, looking at books, even eating her lunch. She took a few phone calls:
         Played some peek-a-boo:
          She was in there pretty much all day long. I put a rug down so her rear didn't get sore from sitting on the hard wood floor. I haven't seen her stay in one place for that length of time since she became mobile. (And I often comment on how much I miss those days.) Who knew one silly old sheet could produce such enjoyment? I even got under there with her a few times, which was not easy for this old mom, let me tell you! But it was fun.
          The next day I had big ideas. I took the sheet into our bedroom and tried to construct a larger, more elaborate fort using it and other materials. If a simple fort was fun, a complex one would be even better, right? Wrong. She wanted nothing to do with it. Tore the sheet down. I put it back up on the kitchen table, and we were in business.
          20 months old and she already knows the KISS principle. Keep it simple, stupid! Yep, we can learn a lot from a child...


  1. LOL! I Love it! My girls are 3 & 5 and they love their simple forts. My husband has tried to construct elaborate fort complexes, no dice. They even have actual tents and play houses, nope they prefer to string my sheets up and play amongst their clutter:)LOL She is precious!

  2. Aww. I remember the sheet-fort days. So cute! :)

  3. One of my fondest memories of childhood is all the forts we used to make! Sofa forts, kitchen table forts, swingset forts, bed forts... So much fun!

  4. I loved making forts as a child too... but my mom wouldn't let me do it at our house. I had to go down the street to Holly James' house. At her house we also pretended that the hall closet was an elevator and the vacuum switch was the up/down button.

  5. Never underestimate the power of a blanket fort!

  6. She is absolutely adorable! Has she found the fun in carboard box houses?

  7. Oh, what a cutie! Yes, keeping it simple is the way to go. My sons still love making a fort, using couch pillows and old blankets.

  8. At 10 & 11, my kids still love forts!


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