Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I had a friend who was replacing her parquet floor.
I asked her to save some pieces for me, thinking I would use them to mend a bad spot in our own floor while we wait for the happy day when we replace ours.
The bad spot was in a corner behind and under the media center so, obviously, it was a red-hot priority item on my home maintenance to-do list.
But, by golly, I've hung on to those 'tiles'.
When the grandshoots dropped in the other night, they discovered a loose piece of flooring in an exposed area of our floor and proceeded to do a very excited and competitive search for more when I told them there were others that were loose, as well.
As I watched them find (and pull up!) a few pieces of flooring, I remembered the salvaged pieces I'd been hoarding and realized that I am simply not going to do any floor repair with them.
I got out the Sharpies and the salvaged pieces of flooring for the grandshoots and told them they could design (temporary) replacements for the pieces of flooring they'd pulled up.
They were very pleased with their work...
...and their design choices...
...are as unique as they are.
We didn't glue anything down, and I kept and marked the pieces of 'real' flooring so I can put them back in, but just for now we have the most interesting and unique custom parquet floor "in the whole world on earth", as the Shoots used to say.
Tell that to