It was an absolutely beautiful day today, so of course M was inspired: she desperately needed to clean out her closet. Oh, man! Really? But this was a task that I’d been nagging about for a long time, and she very politely asked me for help. So I took one for the team and spent all morning inside, pondering which artwork which needed to be saved forever and picking up picking little plastic beads out of a box full of change and Krazy gluing knick knacks.
(For some reason my “More” link isn’t working properly at the moment–there is more, and you can click the title of the blog post to read it.)
A while back, I posted about how being a big explainer is part of my parenting style, complete with graphical representations of our schedules and calendars. Well, this poster was one of my early efforts, but it makes a lovely little artifact showing what our daily life was like back when the kids were, say, 4-ish and 2-ish. At the time, I was attempting to tackle the way-too-early wake-up time, so I made a 24-hour clock and shaded the time when everyone should be in bed dark. For night-time (it’s a little faded now). To emphasize the point, I labeled the time between 5 & 6 am as “too early” with a picture of making a crooked, crabby yawn. Then I labeled the time between 6 & 7 am as “Time to Wake Up” with a picture of myself acting like I enjoyed waking up at 6 am. I did not, and I still don’t. But apparently I was a good faker, at least back when the kids were young enough to be super-gullible. I even worked our favorite PBS show into the schedule (M said, “I remember that show! I think her name was Cassie. . . .”)
I’m really missing the whole head-upstairs-at-7 pm routine, you guys. Now that the kids are old and it’s summer time, it’s very difficult for Cute W and I to get a chance to watch all of our favorite tv shows, which always seems to be deeply inappropriate.
I did manage to get outside later. Plus, that closet looks awesome.