It all began with Blue’s Clues, Carson became a devoted clue finder as a toddler. His love for Blue extended into books and songs, and into his imaginative play. Then it was Thomas the Train and All About John Deere movies that led he and his sister to play for hours on end, chuffing, plowing, and absorbed in their elaborate play pretending to be engineers and farmers.
I know that watching too much TV is bad, but I also know that movies and shows have inspired their love for not only reenacting the stories, but extending the stories with their own imaginations into epic adventures.
Our Saturday mornings are usually devoted to pajamas, waffle consumption, and cartoons. I somehow slept through the waffle portion of the morning and awoke to find Carson and Ella absorbed in the pages of a Tintin comic book instead of staring at the TV screen. While Ella and I enjoyed a girls weekend away several weeks ago, Carson and Tate had a boys weekend complete with pizza and a trip to the movie theater to see The Adventures of Tintin-where Carson has found new source of inspiration.
After school last week, I could hear them in the other room playing, caught up in an elaborate scheme to find the clues while getting away from the bad guys.
“Come on,” Carson yelled to Ella, “we can hide in here.”
“Tintin!” Ella called to Carson, “the bad guy has me! Save me, Tintin!”
They went on like this, replaying scenes over and over, changing the details to include sword fights and capes. Running and hiding, they laughed and yelled and pretended to be in great distress. I stealthily peeked in on them and they immediately froze when they spotted me, too shy to continue their acting. I begged them to go on, to show me what it’s like to be the good guys.
But it’s not the same with someone watching, so I left them and listened around the corner as they picked up right where they left off in their Tintin adventure, defeating the bad guys with great gusto.
I’m so excited to be partnering with Hallmark for their Life is a Special Occasion campaign this year. I will finally be forced to learn that there is only one “s” in “occasion!” Of course, I am also so excited for the chance to share the stories from our life.
Hallmark is compensating me for participation in this campaign. As always-all opinions expressed are my own.