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More Popular Than Letting My Children Build A Garden Path To Nowhere

by Alex Iwashyna

in Reading & Writing Elsewhere

I’m big on giving my children autonomy. They choose their clothing (within a 15 degree match of the temperature outside), they choose their snacks in the afternoon, and they choose their haircuts.

So when I was designing a children’s garden in my backyard, I let them choose the path.

I thought they would pick square stepping-stones, which would go from the brick path through the (soon to grow) wildflowers, take a left at the azalea bushes and arrive next to the shed.

They didn’t even choose square stepping-stones.

When I’m not keeping my mouth shut and wondering what to do with the other 15 pounds of red rock we didn’t use, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.

My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):

  • Virtual Glasses: On This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff, I test out a virtual eyeglasses widget from GlassesUSA. The widget still had some bugs, but you get to see hipster Alex. And you can go to their website to play around like Walt did (yes, he’s featured prominently).

Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:

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Jenni Chiu March 23, 2012 1

I would totally go down that path- totally! I may get some stones in my sandals, but who cares? I’m sure it was fun, and left them with a sense of pride.
Also, I would like to take up knitting just so I can make a uterus.
Also, I’m too lazy to probably take up knitting.


Katie March 23, 2012 2

Haha OmG your captions are so funny!


Skye March 23, 2012 3

I’ve heard many NPR stories about Trayvon Martin this week. So sad. But wow, that “No Apologies” article was incredibly powerful (and heartbreaking). Thanks for sharing it.

I had not heard about Obama and ASL. Love it!


The Mommy Psychologist March 25, 2012 4

Love that you let them do it however they want to do it. I let Gus color his trees purple.


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