blarg?

Structurally Unsound

She doesn’t mess around with foundations or reinforcement. Maya builds straight up, as far as she can reach, and if it stays up when she’s done she brings over the step-stool and keeps going. I try to keep up, to built out a broad base and solid foundation, and she periodically tells me to get out of her way because she’s “building tall”.

Eventually it all falls apart, of course; she laughs maniacally and kicks over whatever’s left standing, and that’s the story of how one of my favorite toys as a kid has turned into a metaphor for my inevitable failures as a parent.