A Moment of Weakness

Slice of Life Day 30

I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!


Parenting is wonderfully exhausting. It comes with so many gifts and treasures but also lots of challenges. Lately, I have found it far more exhausting than usual and for that, I am blaming the mistake I made today.

Before I could realise what I was saying, I suggested that we put the tent up in the basement and have a pretend camping trip.  This suggestion was of course met with cheers and smiles from my four year old, followed by gasps by me. It occurred to me that it meant, that I too would be sleeping in the ice-cold basement on the paper-thin, excuse for a carpet.

It was too late, I couldn’t take it back. When you make an offer like that, there is no way that you can unmake it. So, I decided there was nothing else I could to except, go ALL in!

It was going to be a movie theatre tent and a camping tent. Marlowe has been talking a lot about Finding Nemo, so we rented Finding Nemo on the computer and made popcorn, lots of popcorn. Marlowe made tickets for the movie and a sign so we would know what movie was playing at the theatre. She also made a ticket for the popcorn. According to her, we only needed one ticket because we were going to share. She is good at sharing.


The movie theatre part was fun, but I don’t have high hopes for the camping part that is soon to come though.

9 thoughts on “A Moment of Weakness

  1. I love that the two of you did this!!! She will never forget this time that you had together!!!! And talk about meaningful writing!

  2. What a cute moment you got to share! But as someone who has slept in that freezing cold basement (in June!), I can’t imagine how you didn’t turn into a popsicle. Love the signs and tickets. Marlowe is really learning about authentic writing. And she’s just so darn cute!!

  3. That sounds so fun! This line made me laugh: “This suggestion was of course met with cheers and smiles from my four year old, followed by gasps by me.” I hope it was more fun than you expected.

  4. This is amazing. What a great memory she will have! You’ll at least remember it – maybe only the good parts! This is the second thing I’ve read this week about having your kids have a camp out at home as something fun to do. Maybe it’s a sign that I should try it! (with an air mattress maybe!)

    • It was a lot of fun but I was exhausted this morning! My husband said that I should have just slept in the room in the basement instead of the tent! I think that’s what I’ll do next time!

  5. This is great, and your daughter is adorable. She made her own tickets. and she’s doing pretty well with her letters. And I think you’re allowed to be bring blankets to the basement to sleep on.

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