Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stay at Home Mom Chronicles : Griffin's Friend Box

I'm realizing that my days around here seem to run together.
Ordinary moments unfold around me daily
and I need to stop and relish in them.
One day, my boys will be out living life
and I will miss these everyday experiences.

So, I am taking the time to document
the simple moments that pass between us.
I'm calling this little collection of memories...


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Griffin's Amazing Friend Box

A few years ago I received some lovely hand soap as a Christmas gift.
Griffin snatched up the box and named it his "friend box".
I love to celebrate the quirkiness of my children
and I love it even more when they give me a glimpse into their imagination.
I feel privileged to have an opportunity to see what they are thinking.
The freakier the better in my book.

So, Griffin's friend box is a glorious treasure to me
because it is full of items that he treasures.
It makes no sense at all,
how he selects his "friends" is a mystery to me.
All I know is that a pistachio could very well be his best friend.

He stashes these found items safely in the box
and then places it on the shelf.
I present to you
a very sacred place.
I asked Griffin's permission to photograph it.
I never want to forget these little treasures.

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1. Old grocery list that he lifted from the shopping cart after we were done shopping. Now known as the "ancient scrolls".
2. Samwise Gamgee game piece taken from Roger's Lord of The Rings board game.
3. Lego Chewbacca's Wookie Crossbow.
4. Broken Frodo Baggins game piece taken from now incomplete game.
5. Small plastic Playmobile sword.
6. A pistachio that his best friend Oliver gave him at school two years ago.
7. A bottled water cap that came home in his shoe last year.
8. A marble.
9. A "magic rock" from our yard.

I know that one day the friend box will be abandoned
and I plan on claiming it as my own when it does.
It is a frozen moment in time and

a sweet little microcosm of a five year old boy's life.


blueviolet said...

This is the best idea! So much fun to look back on!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

This is the most awesome thing ever. I had a box like this when I was a child and now it's in the top of the closet in my girl's bedroom filled with all my special random things.
Thanks for sharing this with us, you've got a cool little dude there. My personal favorite--the "Ancient Scrolls".


R Montalban said...

Dexter does these things too, he puts special things in boxes, and so did I. He is also into collecting things in a big way, and so was I when I was his age, come to think of it I still collect stuff hence why I need to do a clear out!

Sue said...

It's like something from Tom Sawyer, and I LOVE this post.

(I have a box like this myself, by the way, and you've just given me a great idea for my blog...)


PS. Like Caroline, I'm attached to the "Ancient Scrolls."


i know it is so boring to say it but I LOVED THIS POST. you are way fab girl.

anawelsh4jc said...

Hi all, it really is neat how kids store keepsakes and that was a very neat story. I have two daugthers 6 & 4. I realized that my girls are just as simple and aren't to picky about STUFF. They're happiest when we're doing things together as a familly. So instead of buying stuff we just try to spend as much doing stuff together as we can. I found that buying things really only serve to keep them away from you. Can i encourage you all to spend as much time as you can doing Stuff with, instead of buying stuff for your kids. One thing i found to be a great fun and bonding time for just myself and the girls is baking. I'm not the best baker but i found a really neat cake web-site that makes it really easy and fun. Maybe some of you here with boys have some great ideas that you do to help build strong bonds with your boys. I would really like to encourage you all to build strong bonds by spending quality time with your kids, so they too can build a friend box full of wonderfull familly memories that they can look back on. Good memories build good people.

leigh said...

@anawelsh4jc-I love your idea of spending time together instead of buying stuff. We love to go on walks with the boys. We take our time and poke sticks into holes and collect "magic rocks". That's one of the great things about Griffin's "friend box", it's full of found treasures. Each item tells a story.

I might attempt to bake a cake together. We've made cupcakes but more of the batter ended up on us than in the cupcake pan. That's half the fun though, right?

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love it.Very sweet.

Neena said...

I love this. I really really love this. so much.

June said...

Samwise Gamgee is a very good choice and so are magic rocks!

Daffy said...

Its the fact that you not only recognize but relish and DO celebrate the EXTRAordinary moments in everyday life that has me addicted to your blog.

I love the way YOUR mind works, your eyes frame and your heart cherishes life! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Unknown Mami said...

Wonderful! This just made me smile from ear to ear.

Poetic chronicles said...

This is really sweet!!

Poetic chronicles said...

This is really sweet!!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness how I love this. To hold such treasures...

Anika said...

This is awesome. I can't wait for my daughter to have a "friend box"! So sweet.