“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
— Albert Einstein
Given the fact our oldest of three children is now 12 years old, it’s safe to say we’ve spent roughly – carry the one – $6.8 million on toys during that time. Of course, that is an estimate.
Last weekend, our youngest, Bryley, brought a cardboard box downstairs and asked me to cut her out a door. I obliged, grabbing my box cutter to give her the requested door, and I cut the top flaps off for free.
Now, I understand I’m telling on myself a bit by sharing this story. Yes, it has been a month since we moved into our new home. Yes, we still have boxes around. In defense, this particular box was empty. No, I’m not commenting on whether there are more boxes.
With a little imagination and some Crayola markers, Bryley quickly went to work on decorations. I watched as hours passed during which she discussed with herself the best ways to fix up her new box’s interior.
At one point, she turned to her mother and I and told us she wanted to be an “interior decoration” when she grew up. That was Sunday afternoon.
The next day was the official start of spring break, and I expected to see the brown cardboard home discarded to the corner of the room and Bryley moving on to the million other things that serve as both a distraction and bank account succubus.
But Monday afternoon, Mary sent me a photo text of Bryley still at it in her box. She’s since invited stuffed animal friends over for meals. Though I can’t prove it, I have heard talk of adding an in-ground pool.
I guess that would mean moving the home to just outside the bathtub. Maybe that could be the lake house.
In any case, I wish I would have known this years ago, considering the estimated amount spent on the plethora of toys. Did I mention my estimate didn’t include Happy Meal toys?
I would have gone all out and given her an entire subdivision or even a small town. Shoot, anyone can get boxes from the grocery store for free.
The truth is, whether it’s free or $6.8 million, there’s not a lot of saying no to my kindergartener. I certainly would hate to curb her enthusiasm or diminish her imagination in any way.
With the amount of both she has, though, I’m not even sure that’s possible.
Jared Felkins is The Democrat’s director of content. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @paperboyfelkins.