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Day 838: Unthinkable

Yesterday the unthinkable happened:

E got bored of screen time.

Go ahead, pick your jaw up off the floor. Then call the media. My kid got sick of watching videos!

Can you tell I’m excited?

She left the computer, came up to me, and said, “I’m bored.”

“Wonderful!” I cried. “Boredom is so good for you!”

“It is not… wait. Are you serious?”

“Of course! All the greatest thinkers get bored right before they make an amazing discovery! Your brain can’t come up with new ideas when you’re making it do stuff all the time!”

“Oh,” she said, and wandered off.

The next time I looked up, she was working on a Tinker Crate. With only a tiny bit of help from me, she built a spirograph machine, then started experimenting with the effects of changing the gear sizes and the position of the drawing arm.

E turning the wooden gear of her spirograph machine to create a drawing.

I honestly never thought the day would come when E would voluntarily turn off the screen and go find something else to do; now that day has come, and I have hope that someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, N and R might get bored of screen time too.

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