Monday, April 9, 2012
Can I count this as therapy?
Quite often when I go downstairs to our basement to light a fire (we have a wood stove that provides most of our house's heat), Vlado goes with me. He doesn't get to go into the basement much so I think he likes to take every opportunity to go with me. Since our stove is there, we have quite a bit of wood down there as well. And, as I'm sure you can guess, there is quite a bit of wood shavings and other various "wood dirt" on the floor. Vlado is still very much a neat freak. When he is downstairs with me, he uses his foot to sweep up the small wood chips into little piles. Tonight, I handed him a little broom/dustpan set...little as in about 4 inches. He squealed because he was so excited. He proceeded to go around the basement floor sweeping dirt up into little piles and then into the dustpan. He found a small box to dump it into. With every pile, he would smile and say, "See! Clean the floor!" I watched him sweep the floor with that tiny broom for a half an hour. Since it took hand/eye coordination to get the dirt up into the dustpan and also the squatting down surely helped his leg muscles.....it is therapy, right?? Otherwise, I think it might be counted as cruel and unusual punishment. I mean, what mother has her son sweep the floor with a 4 inch broom? :)