How you know your daughter’s spring break is too long

Nora has had a pretty good spring break. Early in the week, her cousin Benjamin and aunt Lisa visited. We went to an amusement park and rode every inverted roller coaster in sight. We went to the National Whitewater center and rode the rapids, and took a thousand-foot zipline ride across the entire complex. We had a huge Easter feast.

But at her school the break extends to the Monday after Easter, and that might have been one day too long. My evidence? Behold:

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Nora decided to rearrange the kids’ entire book collection — by color. Here’s the second bookcase:

This has created some odd combinations and separations. The Harry Potter books, for example, are all over the place:

The other four are a little closer together at the bottom of the other bookcase. The Oz books are similarly randomly distributed.

Even the uniformly-pigmented Little House books were split across two shelves:

Don’t ask what Nora’s thinking was here. Let’s just call it “creative liberties.”

Both kids agree that this is an entirely reasonable organization system. “It’s just the place we put the books when we’re done reading them,” Jim said. I have to say, in some ways, he’s right. Most of my books are simply stacked up in no order whatsoever. At least this looks interesting — and at least these books were read.

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6 Responses to How you know your daughter’s spring break is too long

  1. Anne says:

    Hi Dave. Amazing. Olivia, on break & at work with me today, and I have a question: how come purple is before green?

    Otherwise, we are amused and delighted by the pictures.

  2. Bibliomom says:

    When I get home tonight I’m going to show this to my 9 year old. She’s always complaining that we don’t have enough shelf space at home (which is correct) and I’m sure she’ll really complain now wanting to do this!

  3. SoloGen says:

    Interesting! (:
    My bookshelf at my office is organized similarly, but mainly because the publisher of the type of books I am reading most often publishes them in yellow cover (Springer and math. books). So naturally my library is divided to yellow books, a few red books, and others!

    By the way, is she interested in arts more than average kids?!
    Or does she have any special “visual” talent?

  4. dave says:

    Her favorite subjects in school are math and science (she’s planning to teach herself calculus this summer). But she loves design and the visual arts. She makes her own clothes and jewelry, and she’s redecorated her bedroom twice. And she plays the bassoon wonderfully.

  5. Greta says:

    Nora started at noon on the color wheel (yellow), and then moved counter-clockwise through orange, red, pinks & purples (non-spectral colors)…

    She didn’t think about it this way, but there is rhyme to her reason!

  6. Freiddie says:

    I love the colors… it’s like when I rearranged clothes by color — but I never got the smooth gradient effect like Nora, because I have so few clothes.

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