I Think Your Trick-or-Treat Bag Would Work Just Fine

1.  Every year, Dimples has to design a NEW, elaborate box for her Valentines from school.

2.  Every year, she brings the box to school on the appointed day, brings it home at the end of the day, and we get to look at the assortment of cards therein – most of which no one even troubled to write her name on.

3.  Every year, we argue over what to do with the box.

I mean, really, why do you need a big box covered with red hearts sitting in the middle of your closet taking up valuable space, particularly when you are never going to use it again?  Because – see #1

Once more, I am proven wrong.

Dimples has been sick since last Thursday, some sort of virus the doctor is certain she will eventually kick, but seems to have developed a liking for the Firepants household and does not feel compelled to move on.

Last night, convinced for some reason that she was going to experience a miraculous recovery in 8 hours, Dimples nearly had a panic attack because she had not yet decorated a Valentine box for school.

“Geez, you can just bring any old box.  No one is going to care if you have a box with hearts on it or one that’s au natural and says Tampax all over it.”  (O.K.  I didn’t say the last part, but you have to admit, it would be interesting to see the teacher’s face if she brought that box to school.)

“Mom, it’s for an Art grade!” Dimples admonished me.

Out of respect for her somewhat frail condition, I set aside my lecture on the disappearance of proper Art in the schools and my absolute, positive, without a doubt knowledge that a shoe box covered with scrapbook paper and glitter glue did not constitute Art.

A glimmer of an inkling of a possibility of a memory entered my brain.

“Didn’t you save your box from last year?”

Reflexively, Dimples dismissed my suggestion, as she does all others that I have not cleverly disguised as her own thoughts.

However, when I settled her down for the night, there was her last-year-somewhat-dented-Valentine Box, sitting on her duct tape school bag (which qualifies more as Art, I think, than the box) in preparation for the next day.

I think we’re even on this one.  She knowingly used an idea that came out of my brain, and I implicitly admitted that her decision to store last year’s box was not completely wrong.

It’s Win-Win.

If Dimples Wasn't Sick, She Probably Would Have Made a Duct Tape Box This Year


Posted on February 14, 2012, in Children, Dimples, Dogs, Humor, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. HA! Wish I could find a use for all the boxes, bags and the other paraphernalia receptacles littering my children’s rooms. Good for you both.

    Hope Dimples feels better soon.

  2. Seriously about the duct tape! I was shocked at how kids went all out with their boxes. Do 5th graders just not care- I am remembering a Reebok box with a couple heart stickers thrown on??? Anyway, Lance’s was no where near at the level of the others’. Oh well, there is alwaÿs next year! Oh, and I hope everyone gets well soon!!

  3. Hope your girl gets over it soon.
    And duct tape fills any requirements, especially artistic ones.

  4. I always think the same thing about mailing
    stuff. Since i work in a dr office I always
    think it would be funny to mail peoples
    gifts in a box the speculums come in.

  5. I’m pretty impressed that you still have last year’s box in decent condition. Brilliant suggestion, by the way. And I love her backpack!

  6. I giggled about the Tampax box. Poor girl wouldn’t get a single card in that case, I bet.

    I am always floored by Dimple’s crazy duct tape skills. That girl should make duct tape things for profit and save up for university.

  7. Well I guess Dimples has a good reason
    for saving everything just in case. lol

  8. Look at you manipulating the mind of our youth. the future is very scary indeed. 😉

  9. It is a good thing you wrote this post. I was just about to start a petition that the schools throw away all the useless garbage that they send home with our kids, but you have shown me that some of the stuff could be useful…I don’t know if I should be happy or sad about that. 😉

  10. Ah.. win/win… thats the way to live! 🙂 Of course win/loose is great if you win.. hehehe We love your posts.. hope Dimples feels better!

    Your friends,
    The Collies and Chuck 🙂

  11. My son came home with a Valentine addressed to “Boy.” That one is going in the scrapbook.

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