I love the silence and concentration of purposeful construction!
And I love being reminded – in a self recognition kind of way, and in time to do something about it – that I’m a control freak!…
Miss 5 was the one who saw the planks laying on the side and wanted to build with them. They were wet & looked quite slimy! Honestly I thought maybe ‘we’ could do something else instead, but she really wanted to play with them so she started taking them down and laying them out herself. Seeing that they maybe weren’t so slimy after all, I got totally into it, laying out new ones and rearranging her planks all over the place to get a nice circular unit constructed – with different stretches for longer or shorter legs. Both miss 5 and miss 3 attempted repositioning a few of the planks a couple of times… most of which I moved back – explaining ‘why’ it was so good that they stayed where they were. The whole thing looked so great I went in to get the camera…
Yes – here’s where the ‘a-ha’ moment happened!
When I came out, and while changing the lens I looked up to see they were both busying away like worker ants rearranging everything… they weren’t even talking to each other about what should go where or disagreeing about a single plank. They were unanimous in there intention to create independent of an over controlling mother 🙂
I didn’t say a word.
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