A couple of weeks ago, I inaugurated a new and ongoing ritual of sorts here: celebrating some of the things our girls invent out of their would-be boredom. I say, “would-be boredom” because Bella, Xi, and Echo usually skip the step of actually getting bored, and go straight to inventing something grand and self-entertaining with whatever is available to hand. They rarely, if ever, sit around waiting for entertainment to be served, and usually don’t need a lot of accoutrements to set-off for the uncharted terra-incognita of their imaginations.
Case in point:
Bella had a pile of nails and a rock hammer, and she was driving the nails into the soft sand-mud as if they were fence posts. In front of the current nail is a twin mud and rock pile to the mud and rock pile Xi built.
The girls had a “lost treasures pile” which you can see here in the foreground, with a contribution that our dog, Henry, fetched out of the river. That’s Henry’s blonde tail on the right edge of the photo by the tree line. Then, of course, the two aforementioned mud and rock piles. And in the middle of the right edge of the photo, you can just barely see Echo’s hand searching for a spot to plunk down the first stone of a mud and rock pile she was building.
Here, Echo is beginning construction of the new mound. Our friend, Elliott (represented above by the metal water bottle and fingers by Echo’s leg) was also looking to get some real estate for a mound he wanted to build.
Bella and Xideka, as it turns out, had a side-job making faery boats out of any natural material they found (not picked). The faeries would pick up the boats downstream and float them to the ocean for the big faery gathering going on there tonight. I hope they helped some faery have the perfect trip.
Long story short: this is why we don’t bring anything other than floatation devices for entertaining the girls at the river. With a few snacks and their imaginations, they are content to transform whatever they touch into the perfect thing for the moment’s story. Thank goodness for would-be boredom.