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Forts

I can’t believe I wrote a post about special places and tree forts yesterday and didn’t talk about blanket forts.

I don’t think I really built blanket forts as a kid. Mom would not have been happy at us destroying her living room, and it wasn’t really set up for convenient fort construction anyway.

I made up for that my junior year of college though. My roommate and I decided one long weekend that we needed a blanket fort movie night. We didn’t even need to rearrange furniture too much to make it happen. Our living room was really open, so we just placed a stool in the middle of the room to use as an anchor and then stretched blankets to all four corners.

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Special Places

In Jerry Spinelli’s book Stargirl, which I wrote about yesterday, Stargirl talks about enchanted places. Often these are places that she goes to meditate. This got me thinking about special places and why we need them.

As a child, I always wanted a tree fort. Forts are supposed to be magical places where secrets are kept and anything can happen. Forts offer a solace from the busy outside world. A tree fort offers the benefit of being literally rooted in nature. You’re surrounded by leaves, branches, the traces of animals. And the best thing about a tree fort is that it doesn’t just come to you. You have to ascend out of the everyday and into the magical. You might even have to build it yourself. Working for the ability to be in your own special place makes it even more magical. Read the rest of this entry