Today I made the mistake all unsuspecting parents make: I went downstairs, innocently thinking I could leave the little ones unattended while I dumped some wood on the fire and race back up without any epic disasters befalling the household. Actually, perhaps it wasn’t innocent… it might have been just plain dumb since I should be more experienced than that.
The point is kind of moot though. While I did find an epic mess, it was no disaster by any means; it actually made my heart smile, just in time for Valentine’s Day. What I discovered was our toddler building a tower out of toilet paper rolls to the delightful laughter of our 11-month-old, while he squealed repeatedly, “Build towah for Wo!”. To some this might be an everyday walk in the park, but Oz’s favourite pastimes include laying on Willow, kicking Willow, stealing toys from Willow, stealing Willow’s socks and hiding them, burying her under a pile of oversized stuffed animals and biting her fingers.
What you need:
- toilet paper
All around us lay an intricate maze of unrolled toilet paper. To the untrained eye it may appear to be the wreck left in the wake of a tornado, but since having children I’ve come to see the world a little more through the eyes of a child and I saw it for what it really was: a road. And of course, as I was praising myself for my inspired idea, I spotted two trucks positioned with precise intent on the toilet paper road just several feet away – the inspired idea was all his. If you think you can handle wasting a little toilet paper (maybe buy the really cheap stuff no one in their right mind would ever use) this was a really fun way to burn a morning. One rolls the toilet paper around the house, driving his little cars behind it and the other screeches in glee while chasing on hands and knees. And by comparison to other activities, remarkably easy to tidy up.