I heard a loud screech an ran downstairs to see what was the matter.
As I came down the stairs I saw a couch cushion creation!
JDaniel was so upset! I couldn't figure out a first what was the problem and he couldn't spit out the words.
After getting him to calm down a little, he explained that the cushion in the front kept falling over. When the cushion fell over the calculator and the spoon would fall to the ground.
This didn't seem devastating enough to me to lead to a scream but, it was for him. JDaniel was totally frustrated.
"Let's think this through," I said sitting on the floor beside him. "Maybe we can have some of the books stick out a little bit behind the cushion and they can support the pillow," I suggested.
"We can try," JDaniel commented. When we did try it worked fairly well.
With the crisis averted JDaniel was able to get back to work on his creation. I decided to stay near creation central to offer more help if it was needed.
Once one keyboard was up, we added a second and JDaniel to add a few other items.
JDaniel told me as we worked on this project that he need a chair to sit on in the front and an a work area in the back for his friend to work in later in the day. Due to all the items in the back his friend would need to stand I was informed.
We spent a lot of time building this cushion creation but, JDaniel didn't try sitting in it until after he had gotten dressed for the day.
Cushion creations we discovered are not stable area to sit in. As soon as JDaniel sat down, the chair he was sitting on started to learn forward. The chair continued to lean forward causing his knees to touch the cushions. When the cushions started to lean forward too, the whole front are including JDaniel started falling.
I was able to catch JDaniel and right the chair. The cushions and everything else spilled onto the floor.
Frustration filled the area once more. It is so hard when something you build doesn't work.
I tried to talk to him about the need for a structure to have a firm foundation and recommended removing the front cushion so the chair could rest on the wood floor. I tried pointing out the building on soft area would cause any structure to fall.
JDaniel didn't want any part of changing the design plan. His idea was to put the chair back on the cushion and just not sit in it again ever.
We left the cushion creation up and walked through the great divide between the chairs until early afternoon when the heating and air conditioning man came to do the semiannual check up and needed get to the vent behind the cushion with the hook on it.
It is hard when JDaniel get creative ideas that don't seem to come together. The best thing I can do is try to help him work them out. Listening to what is has envisioned and trying help bringing them to reality is the all I can really do.
I really love it when opportunities like this come up that we can work on together. I do wish he wouldn't be frustrated by the challenges that come with creating.
This post is linked to Alphabe Thursday , Mama Kat's Writing Workshop, and some other places.