Out of the blue, the Boy started sleeping with his head at the foot of his bed. He liked looking out the window, he said. It really bugged me.
So, I asked if he would like to re-arrange his room so he could sleep with his head at the foot of his bed and still see out the window? Then the plan snowballed, into choosing paint colors and a new rug, and getting rid of baby toys.
Yesterday, stage one of the plan commenced: sorting out the baby toys. We had to clear off the desk in order to move it to the opposite side of the room. The pile of was equal parts Legos and mini animal figures, and rather than just sweeping the whole pile into a tub, we took the time to sort them into two tubs. These are the toys he plays with the most- on his desk, he builds very elaborate lego contraptions and creates animal scenes, which he narrates, documentary style.
We got the desk in place, scooted the bed and cleaned up behind it. Umm, yuck, is all I’ll say.
The Boy’s attention span for clean-up was finished. Honestly, my attention was pretty shot, too, but I couldn’t face putting him to bed in a room that was all taken apart.
The last thing I made him sort through was the stuffed animals.
Maybe 5 years ago, I was taking some toys to Goodwill, not anyone’s favorite toys, no toy with a name- I’ve seen “Toy Story”, I’ve read the “Velveteen Rabbit,” I’m not a monster! Anyway, the Girl saw a rainbow bear in the bag- she threw a fit, “no, not the rainbow bear!!!!”
I replied, “oh really? what’s his name?” I challenged.
She only paused an instant, and said, “Carl!” Carl was a colleague of DH, who was always super nice to Kate, a real sweetheart. I relented. Rainbow Bear Carl now had a name…he came out of the Goodwill box. But he still never got played with very much.
Five years on, I’ve gotten wilier. Rather than gathering a box of toys on my own, I had the Boy choose. “Go through your stuffed animals, and pick 10 that you like best.” The Boy knows me, and negotiated to 12. When he sorted, I saw him hesitating over a really cool jellyfish, so I threw that in as a bonus, because I like it. Carl didn’t make the cut. Goodbye, Carl.