We aren’t precious about our toys; not precious about much that belongs to the kids, really—only passed-down vintage clothes. We have two baskets for the kids: One for stuffed animals, most of which have been around for their entire lives or even before they were born; and the other, a combination of gifts we’ve kept over the years or things River has purchased with her own allowance. Even on Christmas, we give one or two toys each. Less is more.
Almost every night this summer, around 6:30 pm, when the sun is still shining bright and the kids have had their baths and are preparing to eat their dinner, I feel just a tad guilty. The sun’s movement doesn’t match their bodies’ internal clocks, and I’m left with the conflict a lot of mothers face in the summer: “Do I keep them up?” If it’s been an easy day, the answer is usually yes. We play a little more, read a little more, maybe we even build a fort. And on the night Code-a-Pillar arrived, it was so beautiful to see the kids’ excitement as I told them we weren’t reading, we weren’t building, we were going outside one last time to play with this new toy.
The named their Code-a-Pillar LuLu LaLa, and they thought about and interacted with her equally. It was kind of surprising actually, considering their age difference. River would take the lead, showing Oak how LuLu LaLa would move there and here, depending on how he arranged her parts. A few times, they would take it all apart, press her buttons, and start again. Oak was the bait, River started her up, and LuLu LaLa would begin her short journey to Oak.
(Thank you Fisher Price for sending us the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar, and for partnering with us for this post.)