I even have a superstition that has grown on me
as the result of invisible hands
coming all the time..
Namely, that if you follow your bliss
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while,
waiting for you.
And the life that you ought to be living,
is the one you ARE living.
-joseph campbell

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Their Prince Has Come

It was a cold and rainy winter afternoon. Mark was home, unable to work in the weather. The girls were climbing on him, fussing with one another, and generally crabby and bored.

I happened to ask about toys.....wasn't there a toy they might like to play with, even though I know all toys pale in comparison to a day off with Dad!

Mark asked the girls if there was anything in the world they could play with, what would it be. Cami gave it a long thought and then spoke up.

"There was this one toy......remember, mom? The white pipes you brought home from the toy library".

We talked for a while about the white PCV pipes and connectors. Open-ended toys like this offer so much to children. With a sprinkle of imagination, they can be used in a wide variety of ways and provide experiences which translate into math and reading concepts. Building toys are my favorite for children at every age.

A few minutes later, Mark told the girls he had to run an errand and he would be back home quickly.

How excited they were when he returned with long pieces of plastic piping and assorted connector pieces . With eager helpers by his side, Mark set about cutting and measuring and sanding the pipes. Less than an hour later we had a box full, and the girls set out to experiment and see what they could create.

What was really created that day was a memory! A memory of a Dad who can make dreams come true. A dad who took the time to sprinkle some magic on a dull day. We are thankful everyday for the special Dad we have!


  1. Are you KIDDING me?? You and Mark are the best team of parents ever!! What one hasn't got covered the other does. Professionals. True parenting professional. Ask for a raise. You both deserve it. Sincere admiration from Iowa...

  2. Hi. You're blog is great. You were right, we do have many of the same thoughts in common.

    I posted your link as a favorite on my blog: This Side of the Skies. I'm for the raise and bonus for you, too!

  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!! Just home now from Lowe's!!

  4. You guys are so much fun! Will you be my Mama and Baba too?
    Love the idea, such a fun way to spend the day.