Monday, October 06, 2008
Well, we don't know how long the lean-to will last, but it was certainly still standing tall this morning when the kids went out to see their fort.
They spent some more time packing in damp leaves and laying smaller logs on top of the fort before we left for a day out with our homeschool co-op. They couldn't wait to get home to work on it some more and spent the day trying to convince me to let them camp out overnight in it.
I told them they could have a half-sleepover. You know, everything you would do on an overnight of camping out right up until the point when you would actually fall asleep.
After numerous mentions of terms like nightfall, supplies, sleeping bags, flashlights and the possibility of wolves, they were all set to take up their spaces in the little fort.
I don't know what they were talking about during their time in the fort. I do know that they were happy and made do with a bowl of buttered popcorn and a flashlight. They were content and proud and feeling quite independent.
This is a view from inside the fort. As you can see, lots and lots of wood and leaves were used to build this thing. But more than that, loads of creativity, large amounts of muscle and a great deal of brother-sister teamwork.
They were proud. But I think I was even more proud.