"You're boring but I love you anyway," my 10-year-old said.
"I recently had a dream about what letter/number/character combo to use for a computer password and another dream related to having to get new eyeglasses," I wrote on Facebook. "Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something, but what I am taking away from these dreams, at least at first impression, is that I am boring."
When I'm awake, my boring "hobbies" include loading (and unloading) the dishwasher (repeat); unclogging the vacuum cleaner (repeat); folding the towels (repeat, repeat, repeat).
When I have time (never), I also like to curl up in my favorite chair and read.
That's what gave me the idea to make myself a more interesting mother.
"Today's project: Turn a bedroom into a Moroccan-inspired pillow room," I wrote last Sunday.
My friends, they went crazy.
"A boring mother does not create a Moroccan Pillow Room."
"I have a TON of extra throw pillows if you want them."
"So I can send you all my tacky reject pillows?"
"If I went into the Pillow Room, I would never leave!"
"Before and after pics, please."
My editor, the Ice Queen, injected some reality into my design dream; she knows that I live in a tiny condo.
"How do you have enough space for a Moroccan Pillow Room?" she asked.
"It's my room," I said. "I will sleep among the pillows."
Suddenly, my son didn't think I was so boring anymore.
"Can we build a MOUNTAIN of pillows?" he asked.
"Sure!" I said.
"Can we have pillow fights?" my 8-year-old asked.
"Can I sleep there, too?" my 4-year-old asked.
The children cheered.
"But it will probably take a while to get enough pillows," I warned them. "We will have to start with a few and keep adding on as we go."
I started at Goodwill.
I bought one burgundy velvet throw pillow with bejeweled tassels for $2.99; a low, round wooden table for $8.99; and a lavender shag rug for $6.99.
My plan is to remove most of the furniture from the room, except for two mattresses and the little table. The beds will be pushed up against the walls, like daybeds. I will light the room with battery-operated candles and I will decorate the walls in fabric to give it that feeling of a North African retreat.
Mostly, though, the room will be adorned in pillows -- round pillows, long pillows, giant pillows, small pillows. Pillows everywhere.
While the children jump and play in the pillows, I probably will be sitting in a corner, reading. Hopefully, no one will notice that I'm still boring.
Molly Guthrey can be reached at 651-228-5505.