According to Jo Trizila,
The other night, both my daughter [4th-grader Kate Trizila] and I were at our wits ends with each other and with the current situation we are living in. It had been a hard, long day. I work in crisis communications and have been working 16-hour days for the past couple of weeks. Kate is an only child and is bored out of her mind.
That night, during dinner, we talked about our frustrations. Kate said, “We just don’t smile very much now.” While her words were true, they hurt my heart. So we discussed that we needed to find something fun to do that would make us smile and maybe make other people smile. We decided to think on it.
The next night, I pulled out our Easter decorations. While Kate and I were putting out our Easter yard “art” she said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if we put all our holidays out?” So, that is exactly what we did. It is so over the top ridiculous. Families out on walks have to smile.
I can’t tell you how much fun we had last night putting everything out. I signed off my computer a bit early and gave her my undivided attention. We giggled together more last night than we have in weeks.
Kate has sat by the front window all day waving at friends who pass by, because of course, everyone stops to look. I call this little experiment a win-win.
* Photo provided by Jo Trizila