The first child ran the day after she walked. My second child spoke in sentences almost as soon as she learned to speak. She spoke for the utility of the practice. Her first sentences were declarations of her needs and expectations. Born with a mop of curly hair, she very quickly learned to tell any inquisitive person, “do not touch my hair.” She acquiesced to include please, after much maternal prompting. She has always told me what she thinks, what she wants, and what she needs. And, so, when she told me that she didn’t need or want anything from Santa Claus. I took her at her word. Her sister on the other hand had a list that required multiple sheets of paper. I did ask her a number of times, and each time she repeated this fact.
So, what do you give someone who patently doesn’t need anything? An experience! I decided to take a morning off and build a fort.
Building this fort was a blur of duct tape and at least a dozen egg boxes. I added a little colored plastic for stained glass, hot glue, and a paper wreath and called it a day.
We added a lot of details to make this feel special. I trimmed the peek-a-boo window with pink tape. We included shelves inside for the dishware. We had a holiday bunting and even a cardboard Christmas tree.
Well, the cantilevered roof was a challenge. The weight of the cardboard was more than the duct tape alone could handle. We ended up using A LOT of hot glue. And, then we couldn’t on the fact that my daughter didn’t really know what cantilevered means.