The Kid Only Wants to Play With the Box
Posted on August 1, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 34 Comments
Which is fine, because after all it’s my toy that was inside. On the other hand it’s mildly remarkable that the box my new computer came in also rather handily fits a very tall 10 and a half year old. Or would, if we pretzeled her all up in it. But as you can see she’d rather just lounge.
She’s already a marvelous person. What she’ll be like as an adult…well, I’m not sure whether to quake in fear, or shiver in anticip
Imagination is a wonderful thing. I am in favor of toys or objects that encourage it and what is more wonderful for that than a box?
That’s such as great picture, John. It really made me smile (and sigh for when mine were that young). Thanks for sharing!
It’s so nice to see you’ve raised Athena to keep her elbows off the table when she eats.
That is an awesome picture :-)
(Now I want one. The box, not the computer or the TV. Although either of those would be cool too. Provided it came with a really big box.)
I see Athena has the ‘i can watch TV with my toes’ superpower. Nice.
I see she’s watching Tom & Jerry…good, wholesome cat-on-mouse violence. Excellent.
1) If she’s gotta watch TV, she’s at least watching *good quality* TV.
2) Box. It’s a lot cheaper than a Barcalounger.
3) She’s being a good kid and letting Daddy play with *his* new toy.
Way to go, John. Looks like you’ve raised yourself a winner.
I suggested one year that everyone send my young kid empty boxes for her birthday . . . it didn’t work.
Well, she’s made herself right at home…pillows, drink, possibly food, probably some hand-held game of some sort.
Kid’s got it made.
Of course it scares me that the box a computer came in was that big to begin with. Are the computers taking over or is it their shipping boxes??
Our boys made us keep the box to the dishwasher for almost a year before it finally died and we had to get rid of it.
Boxhab. It’s not just for cats anymore.
I’ve always been a fan of ‘Early American Corrugated’ furniture. It’s versatile yet unpretentious.
You’d think some furniture manufacturer would figure out that there’s a market for box-style.
Catlike; she can be
comfy in odd positions.
She has got no bones.
Ah, a makeshift TV couch/lounge chair.
Boxes are best for such things!
My mom got a new washer and dryer when I was about 11. My dad helped me tape them together end to end and I got to sleep outside in the backyard in it for days at a time that summer.
I traveled through space and time, sailed the 7 seas and won the Grand Prix at least 10 times.
Then, while the warp engines and shields were down due to a Romulan attack, it started to rain. Actually high plains Nebraska thunderstorm. At which point the good ship literally melted into a soggy mess and dad threw it away.
Man, that was great while it lasted…
Kristine, they did! About twenty years ago, you could get living-room furniture made out of corrugated cardboard (many, many layers thick). Mostly very ‘boxy’ in style but I vaguely remember a very curvy chair-without-legs)
Just keep your eye out for those wrapping paper tubes. If she gets her hands on those there is no telling what mischief could be made.
There is something wrong with your cats. A Box? and they have not owned it for the past days?
Something strange is going on.
I’m loving all the comments to this one. I would SO have been all over (in??) that box myself at her age. I was just as tall and lanky and as a tomboy it would have done very nicely for any number of things. I assume Athena didn’t know you took the shot? Or did she just kinda roll her eyes and do the “DAAaaad” thing? :)
Tell her to be careful with that transmogrifier…
It looks like you’re getting ready to ship her somewhere.
I think you could also fit a cat or two in there.
Don’t you send her to China Scalzi. That will get you in a lot of trouble. Not from her, she would probably love to see China, but the US Postal service who seems to frown on the shipment of humans.
Oh good, my ten year old isn’t the only one who does this.
The bad news is I think she sold the rest of the furniture….
Yes, watching good old MGM animation (Quimby-era T&J if I’m not mistaken) and not that flat ill-animated flash crap they pawn off on kids today and call cartoons.
What’s up with all the flammable items in front of the fireplace? Based on your “snow in September” mini-rant, shouldn’t you have it cleaned up and ready to go by now?
It’s a gas fireplace and not a very good one. We don’t run it for heat.
I miss being able to fit in a box that size. Without pain and discomfort. No amount of yoga will help with it.
Cool. A kindred spirit of my daughter. My daughter’s favorite present for her 10th birthday was a huge refrigerator box. It was her clubhouse for 6 months before I got sick of it and removed it from our family room.