I am, at this moment in time, a stay-at-home mom. I might discuss how this happened and what this means to me, another time. For the purpose of this post, well, it’s just a fact. So I get to spend a lot of time with my lovely two year old son and as a result, I get a lot of chance to play with toys.
I’m not really that good at “playing” – at least by his definition. The boy much prefers playing with his dad, who will toss him in the air and chase him around the house while making loud noises and inventing elaborate and imaginative scenarios (for example, I was doing the dishes the other day and in the space of about five minutes, they were pretending to be hurricanes, houses, giraffes (or maybe dinosaurs) and mats (as in rugs) – I just don’t move at that speed!). My mind has trouble warping to the space where the two year old mind lives. I think I’m a bit too linear. A two year old mind is NOT linear. I also prefer to play at a fixed location. Therefore Duplo is by far, MY favourite toy. I can sit on the floor (in front of the heating vent, with a cup of tea on the toy box) and build big elaborate houses, barns, fire stations, ducks, beds, or robots, out of Duplo and the boy can play around me and sometimes even with me. It works with my type of creativity – Challenge: can I build a structure on which trains can be driven and helicopters landed that will not instantly fall apart… I’m getting pretty good, if I do say so. Some day soon, the boy will be able to build his own houses and creations and mommy probably won’t be allowed to help – but for now we can pass the time together, building, playing and I can appreciate the privilege that it is to be able to spend this time with the little man (without needing to be a hurricane in order to do it!)*.
*And honestly – it is soooo much neater when all of the lego has been turned into a big castle or house and not thrown EVERYWHERE across the floor! (here at last she finally tells the truth!)