Monday, January 31, 2011

The Path to Diversion

After Lauren's nap -- that time of day when she is enclosed in her bedroom, quietly NOT sleeping -- I usually enter the room gingerly.  I expect to accidentally stub my toe on a wayward farmhouse or impale my tender arches upon some pokey princess figurine. 

I am rarely surprised at the mess.  It sprawls in a garish combination of primaries and pastels across the carpet in maps of secret toddler activity.  Here, a shelf is emptied, proving a marathon reading session.  There, a bucket overturned, spilling plastic nativity pieces before an empty stable. 

The stuffed-animals are a given; never a nap goes by without them being flung to all corners, weaving a path of destruction or creation: their intended pattern is in the eye of the beholder.

But on this day...Lauren's sneaky playfulness caught me off guard in its unexpected ending. 

Settled perfectly cozily in a toy bucket, book on her lap, animals scattered far and wide, my Lauren was engaged in quiet rest. 

But never in her cozy, warm bed.  No, never there.  Who could endure such boredom?!


  1. Too cute! Who wants to read in a cozy warm bed when they could settle into a bucket?

    This reminds me of a preschool classroom I used to work in... the teacher had an old claw foot bath tub with part of one side cut out, filled with cushions, in the reading center. I always wanted to kick the kids out and read there myself!

  2. Love this, looks so cozy ~ kudos to her!

  3. Ha! Her eyes in that first-to-last photo! What a cutie pie :)

  4. Love the one of her peeking out of the bucket!

  5. This is so adorable!

    It reminds me of the time when my son, who was two at the time, curled up in our window well. It made for some sweet photos!

  6. SO CUTE! Love the pics and I love that she is comfortably naked ;)

  7. Oh, I love it!! I can't think of a better use for a toy box!!

  8. I want to read a book in a bucket, too! (Though, unlike Lauren and my own daughter, I really would prefer my own comfy bed.) =>


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