Spontaneous Car Conversation June 19:
Asher: Mama, is it Spring or Summer right now?
Me: Well, actually, this week, it will be Summer. There’s a day called the Summer Solstice that is the longest day of the year. That means that the moon won’t come up for a really long time that day, it will stay light until after bed time, and it’s the start of summer.
A: No! It won’t be summer until we decorate a Carnival Tree!
M: A what?
A: A Carnival Tree! We have to decorate a beautiful tree and then it can be summer.
M: Is this something that you guys are doing at school?
A: No! It is something that I know about. We have to decorate a Carnival Tree for summer or else summer can’t happen.
M: Ohhhhhkaaaay. Let’s choose a tree outside to decorate on the Solstice, will that work? We can decorate a part of it and maybe hang some treats for the birds?
A: NO! We have to decorate a WHOLE TREE or else IT WON”T BE BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH. <<getting upset>>
M: Of course we have to decorate the whole tree! We will find the perfect tree to decorate outside. The perfect [previously unheard of, totally fabricated by your amazing little brain, unknown] Carnival Tree. And we will decorate it for summer. Obviously.
And so, I give you our very first annual Carnival Tree:
Aren’t you relieved that it can be summer now?
**I highly recommend the $1 section at Michael’s for all of you Carnival Tree needs. The $1 section, and a ball of brightly colored yarn from a basket of random stuff that you’ve miraculously held on to since college for just this moment. Clearly.**