Sunday, 22 February 2015
The 10 Minute Walkie Talkie
Friday morning, 7.45 am. Number 1 has just been dispatched to school (primary starts at 8am here - criminial, I know). Number 3 is being breastfed. Number 2 and I are in our PJs at the breakfast table.
Number 2: Mammy, can you make me a walkie talkie?
Me: Yes love.
Number 2: OK. Here. [hands me the box from his cough medicine]
Me: You want me to make this into a walkie talkie?
Number 2: Yes. Can you make it now? [jumping up and down excitedly]
Me: [stifling a groan and thinking "actually, why not?"] Yes love. OK. I need sticky tape and a pen.
Number 2 dashes off and returns a moment later with sticky tape,coloured markers and a pencil. After putting Number 3 down on his play mat, I slit the box down one side, turn it inside out and tape it closed. We discuss the desired functionalities - screen or no screen, how many buttons and what they are for, what colour each button should be and where to place the microphone - me drawing, him issuing instructions. Finally we stick the pencil into the top of the box as the antenna.
From start to finish it took us roughly ten minutes, it cost nothing, he has a new toy and I was reminded of how easy it is to say yes instead of "later", "not now", "we'll see" or "no".