DELPHOS — Lynn Bockey is mother to triplets and three other children, so Sunday was extra special as the Delphos area family celebrated Mother’s Day at their home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The triplets — 14-year-olds Andrew, Luke and Zane — and 13-year-old Olivia have managed to stay pretty busy, cooped up in their rural Van Wert County home, by building a log cabin out of tree branches they had on their property.
Two weeks after Delphos St. John’s schools shut down due to the pandemic, the kids found a creative way to use their energies.
“They would work hard to get their schoolwork done and then we’d eat lunch and then they wanted to leave,” Bockey said. “They wanted to go outside and I knew they were working on something. They’ve built forts and that kind of thing before so I just kind of thought it was one like they had done before.”
She knew they were working on something big.
“They were using posthole diggers and when they said, ‘Can you come out so we can have somebody out there while we run the chainsaw?’ I was like, oh, OK, this is going to be a little bigger than what I thought it was,” she said.
Zane Bockey had the idea to make the log cabin but everybody contributed to the project.
“We had made forts before and kind of the whole point of this one was, we wanted to make it waterproof,” Zane said.
They used a mix of mud and clay to seal the area between the branches, a process that was quite messy.
“We came home with our clothes covered in mud,” Luke said. “And we had to spray it off with the garden hose before it went through the washing machine.”
Inside the log cabin was room for a small bed, a loft and a fireplace.
The biggest challenge to the project?
“Finding the motivation to keep working on,” Zane said. “Building the walls and stuff wasn’t too bad, but it was a long process. We were kind of putting (the mudding) off ‘til the very end and it’s like, well, we got the whole cabin due yet to mud. So our cousins who live next door, they helped out some that day when we did it on three of the walls in a day.”
Olivia helped with mudding and taking pictures while Andrew whittled forks, spoons and butter knives.
“It’s been neat even after the cabin’s been done, they’re still going out and adding things to it,” Bockey said.
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