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Sunday, October 16, 2011

#GBE2: Safe Haven

When I was a little girl, my friends and I would often build mini safe havens in the den. We'd place chairs, TV trays, ottomans or anything else we could find at odd angles and then cover them with blankets to make a mini burrow that we'd crawl through. Next, feeling as if we were in our own private place, we'd play inside the blanketed house. It was great as long as no one farted. ;-)

Safe Haven? Yeah, right!
I don't remember my kids doing this (I'm talking about building tent houses, not farting). In fact, the only time I'd ever seen a blanketed safe haven, other than mine, was in the movie Sixth Sense when Haley Joel Osment tried to escape his ghostly visitors. Ironically, he never felt as safe in his safe haven as we did in ours. Maybe ghosts had filled our blanketed hutch too, but would this be a bad thing? After all, without a body, one cannot pass gas. I would think it would be a blessing to be with ghosts and here's a second reason why.

Friday night, my husband and I enjoyed a community dinner in a sukkah. The story behind the sukkah is that anyone from the past is invited to join us there. With the rabbi's nudging, several guests mentioned who they'd like to invite to dinner. First I wanted to invite my parents, but I also would have enjoyed dinner with Gilda Radner in her Roseanna Roseanna Dana get up. I always liked comical ghosts instead of spooky ones. My parents were also quite funny, so they would have fit right in with Gilda in this sukkah safe haven complete with ghosts. What could be safer than a homemade structure with lost loved ones?

26 comments:

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Something my kids and grandkids enjoyed and still enjoy.

Jo said...

My grand daughters used to do this when they came to visit, but I haven't seen an abandoned tent downstairs in quite some time! Maybe one of your invited guests paid a call on them once. I'll have to ask. Loved it. ;)

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Rik said...

My brother and I used to do that...and he'd of course be the one to fart ;)

Sandee said...

I did this and so did my son. It was great fun. I'm with you though in that I'd rather have a comical ghost than a scary one.

Have a terrific day. :)

Angie said...

My kids love to make those tents and it drives their dad crazy. He is a total neat freak and can't stand it. To him, it just looks like clutter.

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles said...

Our rabbi had a sukkah party this year but my son was too shy to go. My sister and I made tents ALL THE TIME as kids and we turned every closet in the house into a "clubhouse."

Binky said...

My parents didn't mind the tent, but thy didn't appreciate the roasting marshmallows on a campfire in the basement.

Christine @ Why We Love Green said...

We used to make forts a lot. I'm trying to train up my son to do it too, but he likes to take them down more than put them up!

Rhonda said...

My kids loved to make forts the same way. Don't remember them complaining about the farts though :)

EastCoastLife said...

I did this and then did it with my toddler son 16 years ago. No luck with my nephews these days, they prefer the iPhone games.

Bee said...

It was great as long as no one farted.

This cracked me up!

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Catherine said...

Dear Joyce, I enjoyed Rosanna too! We used to build huts with blankets too. I think you are correct in saying that I don't see kids do the things we did, using our imagination. The dinner sounds nice, I would invite my parents too. Thanks for the visits. I always look forward. Blessings, Catherine

Cherie said...

I did this as well - and because I was the 5th of 6 children, I made space for myself in a large storage closet too. I slept in there for months and my mom never seemed to mind. Thanks for opening some memories.

Word Nerd said...

We made those tents too, as kids. My kids did the same and now my grandkids do it.

I'd LOVE to spend a little time in a homemade blanketed retreat with a few of my missed nearest and dearest. What a lovely thought.

Joyce Lansky said...

Thanks for the visits. No one farted in our tents either. I just had to add something crude to keep up with being a humor writer. ;) Call it a creative license.

I don't know why I never thought to encourage our kids to do this. You think they'd still go for it at 23, 21, and 18?

Darlene ~Bloggity Blogger~ said...

I loved making the tent hideaways when I was a kid. I was just thinking how much fun it might be to make myself a tent just one last time. But then I thought about how hard it is to get up and down from the floor with creaky old bones and stiff muscles. Sooo.... I think I'll leave that little experience in my distant memories....

I loved this blog! I'm still smiling...

Colleen said...

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Laura Rogers said...

My twin sister and I loved tents and forts. Always felt so safe.

beachlover said...

Give kids a big blanket to play with and they're happy! Nice take on the theme!

grains of sand said...

Love this view! Yes, I was tent addict when i was young, a fine and private place till my mothers voice called out "clean up your room!"

The Sukkah made of straw and twigs, provides spiritual warmth but like any roof is only temporary..a reminder, its what's in your heart that is safe!

I hope you enjoyed the "visit" from Gilda, Lord knows she left us way too soon.

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Jenn said...

My kids call their blanketed houses "Forts"--ha ha-- "NO FARTS IN THE FORT!!" I just thought of that. They love them!! I played in them as a kid in the cold winter months--and I played in tree houses in the warm summer months. They are always so much fun.

Gilda Radner would be a blast! Very cool post, Jenn.

swirlyagelessmind said...

I built them when I was a kid and my niece builds them all the time even if she has a real tent that can fit in the living room.
I never got to watch the Sixth Sense...my friend ruined it for me by saying that she couldn't even do the laundry alone after seeing it and I need clean clothes for grunge does not work for me, so I opted not to watch it.
I enjoyed your post.

Langley Cornwell said...

So interesting, I've never heard of a sukkah.

Kathy said...

I used to do that too and encourage my kids to make "tents" with blankets. I completely lost it when you were talking about farting! I don't care what anyone says, farts are funny. I can just you making a home made sign for the front of your tent..."No farting allowed!" Now there is an idea!! LOL Cool post.

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

Brenda Stevens said...

wow we built a Sukkah and hung fruits (plastic) and then the childrens pics from church school. They drew pics of "comforting" places things and people. WOW but never knew the Jewish heritage; inviting the "past" and then got a vision of my dad in my heart. WOW your funny story is making me cry. Pastor encouraged us all to go under the covering explaining it was a resting place where Gods presence dwells. Humm..yes the promise of protection of Heaven on Earth. ((hugs)) loved your funny story..yes even the fart part :0)