I am a LOVER of surprises…
What I am NOT a lover of, is coming home and discovering a white floor covering in my 6 and 8 year old daughters bedroom. Especially when this white floor covering is actually an eight foot by five foot, white alpaca fur rug. Did I mention it’s white?
“Daddy got it for us,” my six year reported excitedly as she sprawled out on it, nuzzling the long fur. “He said he saw it and just knew we had to have it!”
Cranberry juice. Orange juice. Grape juice. Chocolate. Gum. Paint. Clay. Glue. Throw-up. “Ooops, Mommy, I didn’t make it to the potty in time!” accident. I was doing a mental inventory of all the messes I have cleaned off that floor. In the last month.
My daughter rolled over on the rug and made a “fur angel”, “He said you’d probably be mad.”
Ya know…a prior discussion would have been nice.
“And you know what else? It’s got silk on the back. This rug is going to slide across the floor like a magic carpet!” she posed on it like a surfer.
Forget the messes, now all I could think about were all the trips to the ER after the girls use the rug to fly the twenty-something feet of varnished hardwood across their room. And that would get blood on it…
I checked the back of the rug, and sure enough, it had “100% Pure Alpaca Fur, 100% Silk Backing, Product of Peru” written on the back.
OK, I admit that as I touched the thing….I fell in love with it as well. My fingers got lost deep in the fur, and I found myself stroking it in spite of myself.
It would look so pretty. In my bedroom. Hint, hint, Santa….
For the moment, it remains in the girls’ room, and I have to confess that I spend a LOT more time playing legos in there now, and no one seems to mind the endless invitations to Barbie fashion shows, and bedtime stories last a few chapters longer as I stretch out on the fur to read.
I’m not quite sure how it will do when we move to the beach, though…I suspect it will just become a sand magnet.
It’s raining out again tonight…I may spend some extra time after I read “Matilda” to the 3 younger girls to curl up on their new rug and study.
If I don’t fall asleep on it first…