Friday, March 13, 2009

Fort Bug

A little boy's fort is a wonderful land of make-believe. A place where military battles are waged and fantasy football games are won. A place where scary stories are told and castles with dragon-filled towers and alligator infested moats are considered prime real estate. A place where you can climb the highest mountain, swim the widest ocean and drive the fasted car.

Bug was so excited the other night while I was at a Little League meeting, that he called me to find out when I'd be home. He had "the coolest fort EVER, Mom!" to show me. So I told him to leave it up, and I'd take a look when I got home, which would be in about an hour. An eternity for a ten year old boy, so I was amazed when he didn't call me at least three more times.

When I did finally get home, I expected that fort to be in his room, where the construction site generally is. But no! Dad had actually let the construction "crew" build on a plot of land considered even more prime than that. This fort was in the living room. Right in front of the front door! I took a moment to be thankful that we got our automatic garage door opener fixed this weekend and I no longer had to enter the house through the front door, and the proceeded to marvel over how awesome this fort was! It was HUGE! It looked so ROOMY! WOW... look at how many blankets, bar stools and kitchen chairs it took! And then, like any good mom would do, I got out the camera.


And then I decided that what we really needed evidence of was inside that fort. After all, how many chances do you get to witness first hand an overwhelmingly successful military campaign? Or visit the world's tallest mountain? Or survive a dragon-infested castle tower? Not often, so I needed to seize this opportunity while the invitation was still extended. So I got down on my stomach, prepared to commando-crawl into that small opening, when from behind me I heard the 10-year old, 16-star General (hey! Not your average military... this one is HIGHLY decorated!) exclaim

MOM!! Don't go all the way in there, you'll wreck it! You're too big!

So with a heavy sigh, I contented myself with snapping pictures from the opening. Then it occurred to me that all was not lost. I might now be considered too big to go into that most sacred of all places to a ten year old boy; but I was still considered important enough to show it to and share it with.

That's good enough for me.


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17 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Awesome work! All it needs is a vending machine and I'm moving in!!

I promise to shrink down to a very small size before attempting to enter!
Hallie

Cecily R said...

I love that he called you to tell you about it...that Bug just makes me all fuzzy and happy when I think of him!!!

Corey~living and loving said...

And honored you should be. :) what a wonderful look into your child's life.
happy PSF!

Killlashandra said...

That's awesome! Kids build the most amazing forts. My 3 year old has just discovered how to do it with the couch cushions. Although he still tries to invite me in and I know I don't fit. ;)

Susie said...

I'm impressed he waited the hour! What a cool fort. I think it's even cooler you decided to crawl to get in, I never would have thought of that!

Wayne said...

when I was younger I built a fortress out of cardboard and string. it fell apart every time I tried to climb inside

great photo friday

Indrani said...

That is one magnificent fort... reminds me of childhood days. :) Your 10 year old is adventurous in his imaginations.

Greatkidgifts said...

It reminded me of my childhood deeds & days when i use to make this kind of fort.. agh and i see this in my son following it up..

Carol said...

Around here they build fortresses and try to keep the dog and cat out. It's rather amusing because it never works. The dog always wants to see the inside with the kids. And the cat is always in stealth mode and they don't see him sneaking up from behind. Ahh. Real live action better than any tv show.

T said...

awesome - our forts are usually in the family room... I think so that they can watch TV from the privacy of the fort... and keep me from seeing anything.

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

That is so cool that you were invited to the "most amazing fort ever" what fun boys are. We made many a fort over the years too!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

There is nothing like forts! My kids love too!

Flea said...

Awww! Thanks for posting photos. I haven't seen a good boy fort in a while. That one's a classic. :)

Sarah said...

Kids and forts just go together, don't they? My daughter loves 'em too! She built one just this morning ... on my bed ... with pillows, blankets, and large stuffed animals.

I Am Boymom said...

Ahhh...chairs and blankets...classic fort material! I love it! My little guy is the fort builder in my house, we have a new fort in a new location weekly. Seeing your pictures has inspired me to start photographing them and posting them every week! Maybe our guys can hook up and build the NINJA Fort of all Forts one day!

Karen said...

I love the war being wages on the chairs by the mini militia. And I love that your 10 year old boy still makes forts, and invites you to see them.

Sunrunner said...

Hey, I recognize that pillowcase!!! Cool fort!