I am always impressed by the way that kids can take any situation and turn it into fun time. Their imaginations are limitless. When I have a weekend out of town, I bring a book, some knitting, and my laptop so that I am guaranteed not to go out of my mind with boredom. These two, though, seem to only need each other and whatever supplies they happen to find laying around.
Ok, maybe it also helps to have a pile of Pokemon plush toys and a handful of Ultraman figures handy, but really, those things are just the icing on a very imaginative cake.
After four hours of travel this weekend, we were forced to park ourselves in a hotel loading dock while Clarkesworld Magazine ferried his books from the back of the van to the dealers’ room. Unable to really be of any help, it was up to me and the boys to just sit and wait until the job was done.
Me? I spent much of the time fidgeting, wondering how much longer, and killing time with my camera.
The boys? They had a blast playing in the back of the van. I have no idea what the game was – they just liked that the seats were all out of their way, and there was room to roll around.
Sometimes I can’t believe my luck at how easy these two are.
At one point our hotel room was transformed into two countries: PokeLand and Aidan Nation. Both countries were home to a variety of Pokemon plush toys, and both had a few of their own attractions.
PokeLand had the Statue Shop, and Aidan Nation was home to the Sunshine Hotel. The boys were busy with this for over an hour, and it all started with some sticky notes and a pile of pillows. I never would have found anything worth doing with sticky notes and pillows, left to my own devices (unless you consider taking a nap on the pillows, and leaving a Do Not Disturb sticky note on the door worth doing…)
All good things must come to an end, of course, and what has been friendly play can turn argumentative in an instant. Such is life, particularly life spent in a tiny room on top of one another for two days. I’d promised them I wouldn’t drag them out shopping while we were gone. I’d agreed that this would be a change-of-scenery only trip, and not a see-the-sights or find-a-bargain trip. So we stayed in. And there was some really fabulous behavior through it all. And a little bit of not-so-fabulous behavior, too. But just a little.
And nothing that couldn’t be overcome by Mom getting off of the computer, getting down on the floor, and being playful with an overpriced gift-shop puzzle for a while. And hey, bonus! we’ve all got a much better handle on our US geography, particularly states and capitals – something a certain one of us is supposed to be memorizing for school right now anyway…
Quick! What’s the capital of Massachussetts?