Last week, Evan was watching a cartoon, which I believe was Arthur. Arthur was playing marbles in the dirt. Evan declared he wanted to learn to play marbles. Unfortunately for him, we had no marbles in the house. And the fact that we are in the middle of winter in Ohio, which can only mean one thing: snow, snow and more snow. So I had to explain to my very literal son that we couldn't go outside and play marbles in the dirt. But we could play marbles indoors if we had marbles...
Later that evening, we were at Babci's house and out of nowhere, she brings up marbles. Total coincidence (*I think*) and Evan's eyes LIT up! He was so excited to play. So we tried to rig up a way to play on the carpet (without taping anything down because tape and carpet makes me nervous!) and without a Shooter. But to no avail, we couldn't find a way to play. Evan was so disappointed.
Later that week, my parents asked me what small gift they could get Evan for his birthday. I mentioned the story about the marbles. He asked specifically for a Shooter - because you know - "you can't play marbles without a shooter, mom". He also asked for a way to play indoors until it was warm enough to play outside.
So, what's a Grandpa to do??
He made Evan an indoor marble mat. He used green utility carpet that is used for outdoor patios (I know that's probably not what it's called but you know what I mean, right?) and marked a large circle with a permanent marker. It's perfect. And Evan and I have played each and every day. So I guess until Spring arrives, our living room will have a *beautiful* green rug in the center - ha!
So who thinks my kids are spoiled? *My hand's raised* But that's what grandparents are for, right?