Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Power of the Pyramid and Other Pointy Structures
Personal space comes in many sizes. My family genetics tends to point towards a much larger personal space than most. Creating, crafting and controlling our own little space is an involuntary function almost as important as breathing. My daughter has understood this powerful inner driver ever since she was a very young child. I know this to be true as I sit her looking at the teepee she has erected in my living room that she has transformed into her personal office. Now, not many people have a teepee in their living room. In fact, most people would not allow a teepee or any other large structure to remain for long in their living room if ever erected at all. However.... each night as we begin homework, my tiny princess enters the room with a zebra striped, hot pink book bag in one arm and eight foot poles covered in cloth under the other arm. She quietly goes to work setting up her work space. She carefully positions the structure so that she can see the television through one entrance and have healthy snacks delivered through the rear flap. Eraser dust flies from both entrances as she dives into mathematical word problems and begins to alphabetize 47 words all beginning with “S”. I understand that there is an unexplained phenomena about the power of sitting under a pyramid. While the teepee isn’t a perfect geometric shape of mathematical perfection, it is a shape known to have properties filled with cosmic energy. I was reading on line about the power of the pyramid and there are some very clear rules about managing your personal pyramid. Who even knew there was such a thing. The first is that a pyramid is a very personal item and you should never share it with anyone. I’m guessing that most people in this day and age that have taken the time to build their own pyramid probably will find themselves sitting in it alone anyway. Now… as for teepees (near pyramid shapes) I notice that there is a steady stream of visitors to my daughter’s fortress and I’m guessing by the straight A’s on her report card and her 500 friends on Facebook that the power of the pyramid shape welcomes friends and guests. There are often several pair of feet sticking out from the sides of the teepee and muted giggles coming from within. This morning, I found two dozing cats curled up inside soaking up the mystical energy and leftover pieces of string cheese. There were also empty juice boxes, forbidden materials in the living room, that were found laying near the cats. I’m certain they will take the blame for securing the party goods and laying drunk amongst the discarded Juicy Juice boxes. Everyone, it seems, has been to the teepee, but me. So... Because today is the first day in some time that I have no luncheons to attend, school functions to be at, or demands to deliver forgotten items to children illegally texting from school in a panic, my plan is such... Make a healthy veggie sandwich, which nobody likes but me, drink a soda and sit in the teepee and let it reverse the effects of a week’s worth of stress and caffeinated beverages. I’m planning on returning to work next week at least a year younger and with visions of great things headed my way all thanks to the power of the pyramid and my inability to say “no” to the wants of my tiny girl.