You've heard people say, "give a child a cardboard box and they'll be entertained for hours," right?
The same goes for mirrors.
Being an only child with two parents who are secretly children within, Avery was showered with gifts for Christmas. We didn't mean to do it, but everyone had a different idea of what gift was ideal and the boy racked up.
By the end of Christmas day, I felt ill with how we had managed the situation and especially after noticing which toys he had chosen as his favorite: his cheap, plastic stocking stuffers from Dollar Tree. The situation worsened when he beat his new guitar on the ground and snapped it in half. At that point, I realized I had probably wanted it more than he had.
Don't get me wrong, we are VERY appreciative of the gifts friends and family gave him, but the holidays served as a reality check. Something already I knew in my gut, but was tossed aside in the frenzy of the holiday season: the imagination is stronger and more compelling than the objects surrounding a child.
For instance, just by placing a mirror on the kitchen table, we've opened up a whole new world. We have few mirrors in the house and none that Avery can access on his own without a step stool, so for him, this was special. After all, nothing is more entertaining to a child this age than him or herself.