My child is obsessed with forts.
July 06, 2011

The fort in this photograph is from several weeks ago, but I lost interest in snapping pictures of each fort around seven hundred forts back so that one will have to suffice.

At this point, seven hundred isn’t much of an exaggeration.  Couch cushion forts, card table forts, dining room chair forts.  Sheets through the orange tree branches, blankets strewn across the backyard, coverlets pulled along the headboard in the morning while the toddler screams BANK-ET FOTE! (blanket fort).  The picnic blanket across the park slide.  Our sweaters and the superhero cape her aunt made tied to the diaper bag as a makeshift blanket.  Three banana leaves and a pine tree in my friend’s front yard.

Having a toddler has really and truly redefined CREATIVE for me.  I used to think a creative person was someone who made a masterpiece with a paintbrush or thought of a recipe that would have never occurred to me.  Now I think it’s someone who can make an impromptu fort out of a few banana leaves.

After I built a mini-fort out of banana leaves, I felt a little bit like Tarzan.  I wanted to beat my chest and holler into the world.  LOOK AT ME, I HAVE MADE A SHELTER WITH MY BARE HANDS.  I mean, Picasso may have had a blue period, but did he make a banana leaf fort?  I THINK NOT.

So I stood there, pride filling up until it was forced to leak out of my ears, boasting about my kick-ass banana leaf fort.  My friend got very quiet, nodded her head politely, and became rather encouraging.  TOO ENCOURAGING, if you know what I mean.  But whatever.  I can ignore red flags like nobody’s business.  I am the MASTER of ignoring red flags.

“What?” I said, “Don’t you think it’s impressive?  It’s a fort out of banana leaves!  BANANA LEAVES!  I may as well have knit together rose petals!”  I felt like I could take over the world, one banana leaf fort at a time.  Why revert to boring card table forts WHEN THERE ARE BANANA LEAVES IN THE WORLD?

That night, I signed on to Facebook to say thanks for hanging out.  Because that’s what all the cool kids do these days, right?  Why actually SPEAK to someone like a human being when you can send them a Facebook message?  So I said thanks and then I started perusing her photo albums and about five images in I found this picture of something in my friend’s front yard that can only be described as THE MOTHER OF ALL BANANA LEAF FORTS.

Seriously, if my banana leaf fort was on par with knitting together rose petals, this woman’s fort was akin to building a house from silk she milked from black widow spiders.  THAT is how impressive it is.

So Charlotte and I are back to tying a bunch of sheets up around the living room is what I’m saying.


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  1. By andrea on July 06, 2011

    too funny! you are a fabulous writer. i don’t the fort making gene in me…but my kids love it…so we won’t tell them the truth! great pic!

  2. By Sarah on July 06, 2011

    thanks for posting this, I had completely forgotten about forts! sounds crazy I know!! we will be making one shortly

  3. By Life with Kaishon on July 06, 2011

    I really love a nice fort : ) This one looks spectacular. I hope you find some more sheets.

  4. By Lauren on July 07, 2011

    We are big fort-builders over here, too. Except now EVERY day is fort day and the living room is in constant disarray. Life with toddlers, I guess! Love your blog!

  5. By BLOG PELAJARAN on June 21, 2016

    The fort in this photograph is from several weeks ago, but I lost interest in snapping pictures of each fort around seven hundred forts back so that one will have to suffice.


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