We are on Day 2 of a teacher strike in my area. I thought it would a struggle to find things to occupy my kids (and their friends who have been around) while I try to get work done. They have surprised and impressed me with their ability to keep themselves amused.
Post lunch, there was an extended game of snow soccer in my postage stamp of a backyard. It involves a lot of sliding around and usually results in multiple bruises, but after over an hour and a half, they only came in because they were hungry for another meal.
Almost three hours later, they still haven't asked to play video games or watch TV. Instead, they built an extensive fort in my living room, using every pillow and blanket they could find, and then launched a secret assault on unknown assailants. I've stayed out of the way, hiding myself in my room with my laptop. I emerged a few minutes ago, expecting to find the house littered with Nerf bullets, but instead I found 3 boys peacefully playing a board game in the middle of the floor (they had no where else to sit. The dining room chairs were also used to build the fort.)
I don't expect this to last much longer. In fact, as I type, I hear beginning of raised voices from below. It's only a matter of time before I am summoned to referee some sort of argument. Likely over who gets the last cookie.
Earlier today, over their afternoon cup of hot chocolate and second lunch, the kids were discussing the important subject of Pac-Man, and my son brought up a perspective that I had never considered before. The ghosts aren't the bad guys. According to my 11-year-old, the ghosts are simply trying to protect their home from Pac-Man, who has invaded and is trying to eat all their food. Those coloured fantoms have been maligned for decades, while that (constantly hungry) yellow ball has been treated like the hero. Something to think about. What other 1980s arcade game character is feeling misunderstood?