This is the first year Ike is experiencing Valentine’s Day beyond cards from family. He is finally in preschool and the giving and receiving of those funny little valentines is just a few days away. I would say we’re lucky that we don’t have to worry about him dating for another 12 or 13 years, but the years pass so quickly – it will be here before we know it.
Because Ike has been sick, he missed his preschool co-op on the day they were decorating mailboxes for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t want him to be the only kid without a mailbox, so we had to make one on our own.
Have I mentioned that I am not the craftiest person in the world? It is just not an innate talent of mine – but with two kids in the house, I just have to roll up my sleeves and do my best.
The first of many “oy vey” moments came when I realized I didn’t have the right supplies. I had no shoebox or other good cardboard box to use. So, I improvised with an empty instant oatmeal container, a scrap of cardboard and some masking tape.
I also didn’t have any good craft paper to cover the container, so I used a tip from my friend, Beth (one of the craftiest folks I know) – turn any random wrapping paper over and wrap the box with the white side of the wrapping paper showing.
To attach the lid, I used some twine strung through holes in both the lid and the container. I then used Velcro dots to attach a scrap piece of fabric to the lid as a “latch.”
After it was all wrapped, Ike went crazy with the foam stickers, pom poms, and buttons. He never once suggested that my construction work was anything less than perfect (what a sweet boy) – and, in the end, he declared it the “best mailbox in the whole world.”