Kid messes. I want to know how do they do it? Are kids given a class in secret about the efficiency of mess making? How to maximize the time to toy dumping ratio? Are they hard-wired? But actually, they are amazing when you think about it. I mean genius, really. If I could work that fast when I clean the house for example it would take me all of 10 minutes. My daughters have become pros at the ‘fastest mess in the west’ as I call it.
So this morning, I’m sitting on the couch drinking a cup of coffee. It’s 6:28am mind you. I’m barely awake having yet again been ripped from my dreams by my wide awake 5-year-old who so nicely woke her 3-year-old sister, just to come play. Awesome. Thanks…
I settled in on the couch with my coffee. My girls are playing, building an airplane, they tell me. Cool. I watch and sip. They plan and try to balance the chair, it falls and they try again and try again, re-balancing and working together.
They’d taken the laces from their wooden beading set and the laces from the sewing cards and tied them to their art table chairs. They figure out how to get the chair to stay. They have one chair balanced upside down sort of cantilevered by tying more laces to the other chair and weighting it down by tying more laces to a couple of toys. I’m sort of feeling like my girls are like the ones on the ad for Goldieblox ,you know the genius engineering girl block set commercial where the girls make an elaborate system of pulleys and ramps and levers…but again it is only about 7am now so my perception may be slightly altered…
I keep sipping my coffee taking note of how nicely they are playing. Wow! I have lucked out, they are brilliant and brilliantly playing together. Double score! I mean look at this cuteness.
I decide that this morning I can probably grab a quick shower. They are smiling, happy, playing together, being creative, the picture of perfection. Ahhh….so sweet. I head upstairs. Now mind you I know not to push my luck. I drank an entire cup of coffee sitting on the couch watching them create. That is not usual. They hadn’t had any arguments about anything. Amazing. I hop in the shower making it quick. Less than 10 minutes I am out, dressed and heading back downstairs. To this.
They have added all the art table chairs to the ‘airplane’ all intricately laced together with many laces and many, many knots. They have filled the plane with ALL the food from their play kitchen. Filled all the spaces with blankets and all the small stuffed animals from the toy box. They have hung purses, magnifying glasses and dishes off the contraption. It is all tied together, need I mention again the many, many, many knots?
I shouldn’t complain. I did drink an entire cup of coffee in one sitting. I took an uninterrupted hot shower. No one is hurt or screaming. It’s 7:30am and I feel like my girls are so smart that some T.V. time is okay. They’ve already used their brains, right?
I think I’ll just sit back down with another cup of coffee and ponder how they can tie knots that fast and make a mess that quickly. I mean it’s already gone this far…might as well milk it. 🙂