On Thursday, my living room was taken over by three very busy little adventurers. In the morning, Jorryn excitedly approached me “with a great idea for what we can do today”. My knee jerk reaction was to tell him no.
No, Mommy is too tired.
No, Mommy is too busy.
No, Mommy hates messes.
No, Mommy doesn’t want the extra noise.
But one look at his beautiful blue eyes and I knew I couldn’t dismiss this request. It didn’t matter if there was a mess. It didn’t matter if they got noisy. It didn’t matter if they dragged every blanket and pillow in the house into the living room. Having an adventure and creating an alternate world was too important to say no to.
The boys spent the entire day giggling in their fort. Jorryn read books to his brothers and himself. They had snacks. They listened to music. An army of action figures joined them in their fort and they imagined that together they were saving the world. Epic battles ensued.
At the end of the day, it took over an hour for Jorryn to take care of everything with Domingo’s help. He had pulled things out of every room in the house to create his masterpiece. But he was so HAPPY. It was worth all the mess and noise during the day for the experience they shared.
I have been reminded of two things a lot lately: Jorryn is growing up and Jesus happily let the children “interrupt” His important work. There may not be too many forts initiated by Jorryn left in our home. Of course, he may play with his brothers and do things for them — but it’s not the same as the joy in his eyes at his own little boy creations. Thursday’s living room fort was another great reminder for me that making memories and being joyful is better than having a clean and quiet house.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:14