Simple Sunday – Shelves

A week or two ago Husband installed a shelf above each of the boys beds; a shelf for them to store their childhood treasures upon.

Shelf Cody

Cody’s shelf: stuffed Rooster given to him by some nice radiology technician at Children’s Hospital last year when the MRI machine was broken and we had to wait, an empty green Tabasco box with a piece of orange paper rolled up and taped (his telescope), a small jar of paperclips, a plastic butterfly, silver jar from the Tooth Fairy containing his two baby teeth, a plastic green lei from God knows where, and a small jar with two golden dollar coins from the Tooth Fairy.

Shelf Carter

Carter’s shelf:  Owl and moose Weebles, a small plastic spider, a stuffed parrot that used to be mine when I was little, and a fish or shark looking hot wheel car.

If I had a small shelf above my bed I would put upon it a little vase of wildflowers, my much loved 1930 copy of Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis, and a couple framed photos of the boys.

What items would you put on your shelf?

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I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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15 Responses to Simple Sunday – Shelves

  1. I don’t know. That is a tough one. It seems the items are a bit quirky and not quite useful. Hmmmm.

  2. I like the shelves. I’m sure they will be put to good use in the coming years.
    I would have an endless supply of chocolate and some peace and quiet on mine…maybe a bubble bath too. 😉

  3. Hetterbell says:

    What a lovely idea! How nice to see how they’re choosing to express themselves. 🙂

    • shoes says:

      It was fun to see what little trinkets they thought worthy of their special shelf. Carter has added a couple more items (a plastic horse and some legos) since this post.

      • Hetterbell says:

        No doubt you’ll find it very interesting watching how the shelves’ contents evolve over time. I can remember what a surge of independence I felt when I was given a new little personal space, as a child. Have fun Cody and Carter! 🙂

  4. Jodi Stone says:

    Hmmm, now you’ve got me thinking.

    • shoes says:

      Maybe you could put your cell phone up there so you have a special spot for it and will stop misplacing it. I don’t think you could leave your dog’s treat bags up on the shelf as I suspect Delilah would find a way to get to it. 😉

  5. Yoga Mama says:

    my shelves? nice question! And nice post. I love the items on their shelves and it makes me want to do something similar for my 2.

    • shoes says:

      We made a big deal about the shelves as a spot to put their special small trinkets to keep them safe and they took the whole idea very seriously. It was interesting to see what they found special. I had no idea an empty Tabasco box was held in such high regard!

  6. My shelves? Hmm…probably car keys so I will stop loosing them.

    • shoes says:

      A very practical choice. I keep my keys on the entryway table in a small bowl so they never wander off, it is my sunglasses that I lose most often.

  7. Beth says:

    Interesting how Cody’s shelf is more containerized than Carter’s. On my shelf, I would put the small things from my nightstand that Jason is now beginning to reach – a glass paperweight from my parents, my kindle, the chapter book that Laura and I are reading together. This reminds me that Laura’s shelf is still packed from our move waiting to be put up once her room is finally painted. In the past, the shelf held her piggy bank and crown collection.

    • shoes says:

      Cody has always been the one that sorts toys by color and like putting them in boxes or piles so I am not surprised by the relative neatness of his shelf. Carter’s shelf has exploded with mounds of stuff that threaten to fall down on his head.

      I like the things you would put on your shelf. And Laura has a crown collection? That is too cute. 🙂

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