I should have known the boy would get in the way.
I’d bought some kitchen towels at a craft fair for hanging on the stove. I liked the concept – they wouldn’t fall on the floor like my other ones do. But the seller had used the cheapest towels possible and after I washed them they looked thin and pathetic.
I can do better I thought to myself so I bought the materials, retrieved the sewing machine from where it was collecting dust and set up my workplace in the dining room There was only one problem. His name was Benji.
‘Surely that dangling cord is just for me,’ he thought and there was no way to dissuade him.
So when the reprimand didn’t work I distracted the boy with the measuring tape and it soon became his favorite toy.
We played and played but when I stopped he cried – so we played some more; until I finally returned to my sewing and he came to watch.
Then his eyes got big and I knew it was only a matter of time
before he sprang.
So we played measuring tape again –
until he got tired and went for a nap
and I completed my towels which now hang tight from my stove.
There will be more towels.
And there will be more play with the measuring tape.
We’re both happy.
~ Susanne and Benji