Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Better than lost treasure

I found a big box at work. Moms don't see garbage, we see kids toys. After all, they really just want the box, not the expensive toy inside. I've seen plenty of boxes become car garages over the summer. So why not a clubhouse?

I remember, as a kid, my mom getting a new fridge. She put the box out on the front porch until garbage day came. I cut a door and a window in it, and before I knew it, we were trying to fit 5 neighborhood kids inside. We had the whole thing colored with markers, we wrote no boys allowed on it. We, girls, did let in 2 boys at the same time by themselves, but we kicked them out after a minute.
Kids love places to call their own. Growing up in the 80's, I had a tent for over my bed that looked like a pink house. I lived in that thing. The box came later, but I was old enough to appreciate the lack of privacy you get in a family household. It only lasted a couple of days, it got too waterlogged after a good rain, and went out with the trash.
I brought the box inside and decorated it while the kids were asleep, so they didn't see it til morning. I drew on this with crayons, and let them do the same. I drew a door on the front, made a back window, flowers on one side, and a tree on the other. I'm surprised that it's still standing and not completely wrecked after about a month. It's even taken some not-so-pleasant tumbles off the couch with a kid in it. They thought it was hilarious, Mom did not. It's been called Mickey Mouse's clubhouse, as well as a zombie house. And yes, it fits both twins.
So if you ever find yourself in possession of a large box, they make the best gifts and memories.

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