the art of the pillow fort

I tucked the sheet into the back of the couch. Milo climbed onto the seat, the sheet tight above him, like a roof. Then he climbed out again. He jumped on top of the sheet, and he and his sister rolled around on the rubble. I’m the I. M. Pei of Collapse.

Time to ask a tiny architect.

My nephew Zachary, 7, is a hard-core fort builder and has specific design ideas. There’s been a fort in his room for the last two months or, as he says, “like every second of my life.”

“The easiest way to do it is with a desk,” he said in a tone that suggested that he was wondering whether his uncle had been born in a cave. “You know the hole where your chair goes? You make a hallway in front of the hole and you climb inside and, voilà, you have a party.”

By party, he means, he crawls into it and reads by himself. And he has very strong ideas about why he does that.


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