Need a Pull?

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in my front yard in a gigantic cardboard box.

Backstory: yesterday morning we bought a shed. It is the kind that you put together, kind of like Legos for grownups except it requires hammers to assemble and is more utilitarian. It came in two huge boxes. Really big boxes. One of them could have been used for a double bed. The kids in the neighborhood – who had perhaps never possessed or seen such large containers – all thought I was awesome.

Anyway, we had hauled all of the pieces into the back yard so that my husband could get started on the shed building and I was in charge of breaking down the boxes so that they could be recycled.

So there I was sitting in my front yard in this gigantic cardboard box, hacking away at it with my Exacto knife, when a lady in a Jaguar drove by very slowly. She smiled and waved so I smiled and waved back.

I didn’t know her. She was probably in the age group that is older than my parents but younger than my grandparents would be if they were still alive.

She drove to the end of my street, turned her car around and drove toward my house again. This time she stopped and rolled down her window.

“Do you want me to pull you?”box-sitting_not_a_box

She smiled at me.

Even as a joke the offer to tie my big box up to her Jaguar for a ride around the neighborhood was pretty awesome.

At least I think it was a joke.

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illustration from “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis

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  1. I might have gone home with that woman.

  2. You totally should have said YES! Boxes are fun for all ages – the possibilities are endless! :o)

  3. I would have said yes. Just to be able to say I did it. Being pulled in a box behind a Jag? Ummm yeah!

  4. OOOooo, big fun. You could have played “Fort” next.

  5. Who ever this woman was, I want to be just like her when I grow up.

  6. Oh, my God, that IS awesome!

  7. I’m the downer who thought, she thinks Sarah needs to be pulled out of the box.

  8. That’s awesome. I love that the plain cardboard box makes little and big people alike happy. :-)

  9. She’s the DC METRO serial Jaguar Killer. She had just thought of another way to kill using her Jag, and you ruined it!

  10. That is fantastic. I would have invited her in for wine and asked her to be my BFF!

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