Do you get stir crazy in winter? We do. But thankfully we have these super spiral stairs that double as a jungle gym. My kids find alternate uses for just about any apparatus* around, including the walls, couches, mattresses, even the dog. They stave off the winter blues by finding creative ways to enjoy/destroy whatever is at hand. Likewise, when my son clambered up the outside of the playground tube slide, my brother (an elementary school principal/authority on child behavior) commented, “There’s more than one way to enjoy that slide.” I liked that attitude. Obviously, it’s crept into my parenting too. But this kind of creativity is, I confess, born of necessity. You see, we don’t have cable TV. So next time you see a couch cusion or a pot lid, think battle gear, think obstacle courses, think of the messes you can spend all winter cleaning up. I thank God for these stairs that avail much.
*”apparatus” was a spelling word we had last month. I could not, for the life of me, think of a way to use it in a sentence… until now!