Wednesday, May 25, 2011
He told me he wanted Thomas Edison standing up. OK, I thought, I can handle that. Of course his most famous invention was the light bulb. So I got the clever idea to poke clear Christmas lights through the top. #2 wasn't thrilled with that idea but he allowed it.
Then I remembered that I've seen the Edison summer home in Ft. Myers, Florida. That's the town where my father was raised. I remember the huge banyan tree outside. I even have a 1980s picture of me standing on the roots of the tree. I explained to #2 how one 4' tree grew to cover 400' of space. So we printed out a picture of Edison's tree, photoshopped a wall and windows around it, and made it the background of the diorama. #2 made shingles for the roof and bricks for the outside wall. Grammy had the wonderful idea of gluing and old piece of carpet on the floor. #2 made a table out of Legos for Edison to stand beside. We printed out pictures of his drawings to display on the wall.
I ended up having a fabulous time working hand in hand with my baby boy. It was a project that the whole family got into and it turned out great! #2 said it blew away the poster of LeBron and the cheap UFO hanging from a string. After all, what is a UFO if you can actually see the strings?