You will relate to this post. If not, you may well think that I have lost my mind, and you should be assured that we will soon return to your regularly scheduled decorating programming.
As I announced earlier in the week, my nephews are staying with us for a week of summer vacation. Now I confess upfront that I am that Aunt, who at weak moments cannot take another minute of tattling or bickering and will turn on the t.v. and pray for just 15 minutes of uninterrupted silence. But don’t worry, I am also that Aunt, who serves fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast instead of sugar-laced cereal. Therefore I can justify a mid-afternoon snack of Noggin with a bit of Mickey Mouse Playhouse on the side, n’est pas? Jesus appreciated times of silence and introspection. I promise. It’s in the Gospel.
The thing with t.v., however, is that the kiddos are much more interested in sitting through a t.v. show if I am actively watching along, laughing along, and making random comments to demonstrate that I am an active participant in their world. Every day this week we have watched the antics of bunnies Max and Ruby, courtesy of Nick Jr.
Demonstrating my rapt attention to said cartoon, I ask A:
“A, is Ruby Max’s mommy or his sister?”
“Where’s their mommy?”
(insert five year-old’s eye roll here) “They don’t haaaaaave a mommy.”
Hmmmmm . . . . Okay. Rule one, don’t think too hard about the plot. So like any other decorator, I focus on the house. Even if it is a cartoon house. Quite frankly, Max and Ruby’s digs are rockin.
Next I say to A:
“I love their green paint in the living room!”
A responds, “Ya, green!! Can we paint your living room green, Aunt E??!???” (Ahhh, this is a child after my own heart)
I think, “wonder what color that is????” then, “EARTH TO ERIN, this is a cartoon. Not Benjamin Moore.”
But still, I focus on the house. The fact that they have lovely wainscotting, and wide-planked hardwood floors: I have finally found the world’s most affordable way to have your dream house! Draw it!! Coffered ceilings? Check! Designer wall paper? Check! Antique light fixtures? Check Check! I’m suddenly really into this show!