These past few weeks we’ve been remodeling Siena and Lucas’s playhouse. No longer called such, now it’s a ClubHouse.
With sadness I saw their play kitchen go (which was OK to hand over to someone else to enjoy), but seeing them grow up from that very special piece of furniture that stayed in our kitchen for many years, and then moved to the playhouse for more cooking, was hard to let go.
We saw many soups and pancakes, teas, and coffee, and more foods being prepared in this tiny kitchen. Siena especially, would cook right next to us for so many hours. It seems that she was always playing with it. Then moved to the playhouse for more cooking, mud soups and bark chips snacks and flower coffee or tea. Lots more playing.
As they were cleaning up the playhouse, they said they don’t use it anymore. Siena much too tall for it. Lucas a little bit too.
I realized it was me who didn’t want to let it go. Siena and Lucas were ready for a new place. They want this new space to be something they can use, right now. Most of the larger cooking utensils and equipment have moved out, and now the floor is filled with pillows, cards, quilts, and some crafting supplies.
Not bad at all, just different. And I wonder if I am ready for this change. It’s a very visual sign that two of my most precious people are growing. Growing up right in front of me. I don’t really see this in our day-to-day things (except in the shortening of their pants.)
I do try to really pay attention, and notice how they are changing, learning new things, and just how big they’ve gotten. But this change, from playhouse to clubhouse is a visual, clear sign that they are growing up into what they are right now. Sigh. A very beautiful sigh!
It reminds me to hug them just one more time, a little tighter, a little longer. Give them one more kiss. Say I love you one more time.
So from a kitchen centered playhouse, it’s changed to a playing and hanging out clubhouse.
It makes me happy to see them hanging out there. Magazines on hand. Craft supplies or playing cards. It makes me happy that the decorations are mostly hand made by them and their friends. That they’ve asked to put a mason bee hive on the outside of their clubhouse. And that their Clubhouse House Warming Party was focused on being ecological and Earth-caring.
Here are some pictures of Siena’s first planned and organized, all by herself, party. With Lucas’s help when needed, of course.
Siena invented a new game called Pick the Trash.
By placing a piece of grass as close as you could to any of the trash drawn on the paper. (I know she’s my daughter (and well, it’s also my blog, so I’ll go ahead and say it) I love the creativity and the fun game she came up with!
And then the club members drew on pieces of (recycled) cotton fabrics (old sheet cut and sewn with a loop) to hang for prayer flags for the new Clubhouse.
To a life full of changes. I think I am ready for this one! Have a fun day.