8.18.2010

how to make both children and mama happy

'Hey, there, beautiful,' says Smootch to the large-sh cardboard box she found sitting in the middle of the living room, 'Where did you come from?'

After a few minutes of chin scratching inspection, a close look at the interior, and a hard shake to determine structural integrity, Smootch makes a decision.

'I need duct tape!'

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Cardboard is the reason why my little girl has well-defined muscles in her right hand, built up from trying to saw through cardboard with safety scissors.

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Cardboard is conduit to exotic places far beyond the reach of ordinary rockets and space ships.

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Cardboard is the canvas of the imagination, the slate on which the wildest dreams are written and acted against.

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Cardboard presents limits only held by the eye of the beholder. To the free, it is the getaway vehicle.

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Cardboard is the method by which I can sew an entire dress in an afternoon, with only small interruptions to untangle scissors from duct tape webs and provide refreshments of space food.

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'Save the box' is the wisdom to whisper to every new mother as she unwraps all her new baby shower presents. Cardboard is every mama's greatest ally.

Kids seem to like it too.

12 comments:

  1. i have had the exact same luck with cardboard as far as sewing an entire dress in one afternoon with yes, snack interruptions! we absolutely hoard cardboard at our place

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  2. We are in the middle of moving and have boxes everywhere, my kids are in cardboard box heaven!!

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  3. We made our box house just yesterday!Our house even has curtains!My daughter has her own house,and I don't :(

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  4. Does this mean you are pregnant? If so, congrats!

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  5. not pregnant! But if I was, Smootch made a cardboard cradle last week so I'd be set :)

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  6. This is great. I've been following your blog for a while now and just get a kick out of her imagination. It also inpires me to save all boxes for my little ones. And think outside the box when it comes to entertaining kiddos.

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  7. Amen to that! lol my kids love cardboard boxes!

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  8. Seriously, I said this before but here I go again. I 'm old, I've been around the block, and I know what I'm talking about. Your little girl is a. dor. a ble! Her personality just pops out of every photo, she makes me smile and feel happy! I love that you are such a fun and creative mom. You will never regret the time you spend making things with your little ones...who eventually will grow and end up calling you from their apts. to ask "Hey mom, how do I....?" and you'll tute them once more. Then one very special day they will send you a photo text of how they "remodeled the apt last night, can't sleep with it like it was anymore!" and you'll grin like a banshee on Halloween, knowing they are confident, creative, and can make something from nothing...
    like building a rocket from a cardboard box.

    Ridiculously LOVE you all! : )

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  9. Looooooooove this as it is exactly how things go in our home as well, even down to the witty comments that also come out of my daughter too.

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  10. I love the mama sentiment in your writing on this post. Such a wonderful childhood moment to capture. Love your out-of-this world snack too!

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  11. save boxes,wrapping paper rolls,toilet paper rolls and packing paper. Best stuff ever.
    This is my first comment here-i usually just lurk-this post was so spot on!

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  12. Never have truer words been spoken! I am thinking of putting on our next birthday invitation, "cardboard boxes only, please". Smootch and my daughter must have the same design sense because I swear we have that exact same rocket ship/castle/cave. peace, Sara

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