When I was a kid, my dad worked as a supply manager for our local hospital. That meant two things: 1. We had lots of those plastic hospital tubs around, and 2. He had access to HUGE cardboard boxes. I remember one weekend he brought home a box that had once contained a stretcher. Conveniently, that was the same weekend that someone at church gave my sister a Wint-O-Green flavored Lifesaver candy. I’m not sure if you remember Lifesaver’s old catchphrase, but it was “When you bite a Lifesaver in the dark, it makes a spark.”
During the entire church service, my sister and I plotted and planned to get inside the box, shielding out all light, to test out their slogan. Much to our disappointment, it didn’t do anything. I guess it was really to my sister’s disappointment. I was just happy she wanted to do something with me (though I do vaguely remember her taunting me with it - forcing me to wait all afternoon to get inside the box). However, while double checking my memory on the exact phrasing of the slogan, I did find some sites claiming that it will spark. I guess we did it wrong!
That afternoon did teach me one very valuable lesson that I hope to pass on to my daughter - cardboard boxes are fun! When we got a new car seat from Fed Ex last week, I knew that its box would come in handy. Plus everyone knows that toddlers prefer boxes over whatever contents lie within them!
Once I checked out the car seat and decided it was a keeper, I cut door holes and windows into her new hobo house. I also used an empty paper towel roll for a chimney. Cecilia loves it! She keeps taking toys inside of her new home! Little Tykes and their $280 playhouse got nothing on cardboard!