Day 42: Large Box of Macaroni - NOT! Small Container of Sugar, Yes
This pasta is OLD. It’s discolored and there’s dirt at the bottom of the box. It’s been handled and, no doubt, has seen a fair share of snot over the years. Yuck!
We don’t remember (even Neal, whose memory is legend) when we assembled the pasta box, but a good guess is six or seven years ago. So, the idea is to fill a container with something that will provide a positive sensory experience. Dried pasta or beans both fit the bill. It’s fun to dig your hands into a big vat of the stuff and James has always been about that sort of sensory experience. This was to be an indoor activity and James did love it. But we ended up with pasta pretty much everywhere because after a little bit of controlled play (we’d set the box in the middle of a blanket and give him a cup to pour them out), James couldn’t resist flinging the stuff around. It happened every single time. It was completely impossible for James not to go crazy.
The same dynamic played out in the bathtub. He would use a cup to pour water right up close to his face, practically on his face, to watch it flow out. But then he’d get a little more expansive — pouring water down the walls. Eventually, he would take the cup and throw the water up as far as he could. Naturally, this resulted in water on the floor outside the tub and what turned out to be not the best idea we ever had: installing glass doors for that tub.
He grew out of taking baths. For years, James would happily while away 30 minutes or more, sitting in maybe 3 or 4 inches of water, playing-pouring. Then, a couple years back, he just started getting out of the tub soon after the water was turned off. Now, he takes showers.
The box of pasta, however, was retired before James was ready to see it go. Actually, it wasn’t so much retired as removed to a high shelf and forgotten. I saw it this week and thought, okay, this can go.
Not so fast! I left the box on the counter in the kitchen last night and this morning? James was thrilled to see it. Put it on the floor, opened it up and started letting pasta drop through his fingers at close range.
I guess that’s as good a sign as any that the pasta box stays. Although I’m thinking we might buy some new pasta for the box and maybe even wash it out. What the heck!