Desperation.

Desperation will drive you to do things. Artsy things. We have been without Internet and cable for exactly 12 days now, after a fire and some crazy electrical thing that fried our underground line. We didn’t have anything scheduled today to keep our minds off the unbearable, disconnected silence, so we crafted.

  
Zach’s mom told me about story rocks on her last visit, and I loved the idea. I cut up a Highlights magazine, Mod Podged some pictures to clean rocks, and the kids were entertained for thirty minutes straight.

Then we drew.


Maddie drew faces. Anxious faces, doleful faces. She calls them smiley faces.
 We made handprint art.

 
It’s a peacock! The green hands are Simon’s, the purple hands are Maddie’s. The whole time we worked on it, Maddie sang Katy Perry’s peacock song, and I deeply regret not knowing that the song is most definitely about a penis until after I sang it around the house a bunch. (But man! What a catchy song!)

We made a top secret Father’s Day craft.

We made a fort out of couch cushions. The pillows are the chimney. 

  
I vacuumed the couch. (Necessary after seeing what was hiding under those couch cushions.)

We read books.

We talked about fairies.

GOD, I WANT THE INTERNET AND TELEVISION BACK. I WANT IT SO BAD.

  
But in the meantime, we sure are getting a lot of stuff done.

Renee Beauregard Lute

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