Monday, 2 November 2015

Stop and Smell the Roses - you might find Chalk Dust

On Saturday morning I had an epiphany!  I would reorganise the spaces in our flat to make a writing space for myself in the box room (so I could shut the door).  Currently my writing space is the loungeroom - but there is way too much family traffic there, so I had this idea that if I bought a new wardrobe I could get rid of 2 other pieces of furniture and make more room in the long run in the box room.  I won't bore you with the details of the layout of my flat, but it worked.

However, what I did not consider was the stress, time and effor to actually put my plan into action.
Flat pack was the only option (the flat is way too small to navigate anything pre-built around it).  So online to Ikea I go and find the perfect wardrobe.  The dimensions will fit and they deliver.  Awesome.  Done.
The packages arrive and this past Saturday myself and Mr 5yo get out the drill and screwdrivers ready to build a wardrobe.  Of course Mr 5yo is an expert at all things handyman and proceeds to 'help' me.  All goes well as I get him to organise and count all the little screws etc.  Cool, I'm then unpacking the rest and reading the instructions.  Ikea always goes smoother for me if I read the instructions.
Then I get setup and part drill things so Mr 5yo can help by drilling the rest of the way.  All is going well and I'm putting bits together until I need the drill and Mr 5yo got bored and went to play in the lounge.  I found him in the lounge with the drill all setup on his little table and chairs drilling the star screw drill bit into a large piece of chalk.  I gathered by the amount of chalk dust on the table, the floor, the rug and himself that he'd been having a great old time.
Calmly I asked if I could have the drill back and the screwdrivers that also had pink chalk dust on them.
"In a minute Mummy, I'm working right now," was the serious reply.
"Oh, ok then.  What are you working on," I replied as I took a seat on the other small (did I mention small) chair.  Being the modern mummy that I am I don't like to stifle creativity.
"I'm making an invention.  See I wrote my name on the side too."  Yes, he has a sharpy out and had written his name on the side of the chalk and then drilled holes in it.
"Wow, that's awesome and well done for writing your name."  This is pretty cool when you child writes on their own as all parents will know.
So I then figured it was time for me to have a cuppa and a break and discuss this invention more.  In the end it took me about 6 hours to finish the wardrobe when it should have taken about 1hour, but I look back and I have some great memories from haning out with my son and making inventions and discussing stuff.

I decided a couple of years ago I was going to stop and smell the roses and then you get caught up in the day-to-day roller coaster of life.  Yesterday I conscioulsy decided to actually stop and take some time to appreciate the moment around me and I'm so glad I did.
It didn't matter the wardrobe took almost all day, I enjoyed hanging out with Mr 5yo and discovered more about what he was thinking and how he perceives the world rather than rushing through our days to work and school.  We even made up some stories between us and soon he may even want to write them down.

Tonight I have my little writing nook all ready to go.


Happy writing, Happy reading everyone.