“That Doesn’t Go In There”

I have to say that nearly every day, and then employ a long list of items (tweezers, kitchen tongs, Sophie’s tiny hands) to retrieve the myriad of items the boys decide to put in this toy. My favorite part of the afternoon is when they become furious with it for no longer working—because instead of balls, they’ve filled it with plastic cups, a clothespin and a wooden train piece.


“It’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.” —T. S. Eliot