Thursday, July 26, 2012

With a Little Help from a Toddler

For our summer “stay-cation,” we decided this was the year to help with Vacation Bible School at our church.  Josh and I had discussed it many times in the past, so we were excited to actually be a part of the action.  

In addition to VBS, we wanted to tackle a house project, like cleaning out closets, the storage building and the like.  However, our daughter Emory, who is nearing age two, had different plans for us.

Our entry way into our home has had neutral colored wallpaper since we moved in eight years ago.  When we painted the rest of the house, we selected a color that would complement it, but we determined at that time that we weren’t ready to tackle a wallpaper project.

A few weeks ago, Emory found a loose piece in her line of sight that piqued her curiosity.  She decided to pull it just to see what would happen.  When I walked in the room, I was shocked to see a nice white spot on the wall.  Not knowing exactly what to do, I decided to keep the piece of wallpaper just in case it made sense to glue it back on.

A couple of weeks later (two days before our stay-cation began), she found another piece that apparently was begging to be tested.  As soon as we realized she had ripped it off the wall, I turned to Josh and said, “How about we work on THAT project while we’re off?!”   And that is exactly what we did.

On Saturday, I went to Home Depot to learn all I could about removing wallpaper.  I walked in the house with supplies, and without any hesitancy, we put the kids to work.  Wallpaper removal and painting became a family project!

As the week progressed, we had a ball at VBS in the mornings and had almost as much fun in the afternoons scraping wallpaper and painting the wall.

In the beginning I wasn’t pleased with Emory’s decision to test the wallpaper, but by the end of the week, I was thanking her.  A project that I had wanted done for eight years finally progressed - all with a little help from a toddler!

Has your child ever helped determine the direction of a project?

Julie Swink is a Sr. Marketing Specialist for Texas Health Resources and Mom of two.

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