Over the past few months I’ve been collecting bits of inspiration for turning Faye and Silas’s space into a cozier nest. It’s been a year and a half since Silas was born and a room for one became a room for two, but I’m a firm believer that the sweetest spaces are the ones that emerge slowly. Petit a petit…In real life we’ve added a new blanket for Faye that’s perfect for warm nights and a clock to coax her to sleep in her own bed past five-thirty. Soon we’ll be padding morning footfalls with soft rugs to match the dresser given a new lease on life. We’re starting to imagine how the space might transform as Silas transitions out of his crib, but for now, I’ve enjoyed the exercise of using a few of our very favorite things as a starting off point for creating a more cohesive whole. Inspiration found in what was very much loved already.
A swallow kite for flying and safeguarding.
A baby doll for loving.
An oyster-colored rug for a soft place to land.
A fan for heavy July nights.
A quartet of soft underthings.
A pink bunny for lighting the way.
A list of tiny perfect things.
A paper bag for stashing treasures.
A flashlight for making shadow puppets.
A favorite baby blanket for snuggling with.
An undyed honeycomb blanket for being neat and tidy.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are two things we might do to ensure that all kids have a safe space to rest their heads, particularly in light of the ongoing immigration crisis:
To help pay for family reunification travel expenses, including transportation, lodging, and a small personal kit to help families get started, donate to Flights for Families.
To offer aid to separated families, even if you don’t have money give, here’s a shortlist of ways to help reunite families beyond donating.