Sword Fights

What a day! A lot was accomplished and that feels really good. The two dogs and the cat have now had their yearly check-up and vaccinations. The upcoming birthday and Christmas presents are all wrapped. Laundry, a walk, dishes, and picking the kid up from school also got checked off the list. The best part of the day though, came long after all the presents were hidden away in the attic.

Do you remember the cardboard swords and trumpets we made as kids out of empty wrapping paper rolls? Those were the best! It’s similar to the phenomena parents experience when their child takes the gift out of the box and then spends a lovely hour or two playing with the box. I truly do believe, the simpler the toy, the better.

Listening to the laughter and watching the cardboard sword fight between my grandson and his parents was the best part of the day. No batteries, no head buried in an electronic gadget, just three people enjoying each other, laughing with each other, interacting with each other, loving to be together, and a little boy being worn out and ready to go to bed at the end of it all. (The parents too).

That joy beats anything anyone could buy in any store.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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