Thursday, August 14, 2008

Giggling in the Rain

Apparently rain is very entertaining to children. Especially if you let them go out and play in it.

A couple of years ago on a summer day when there had been a rain shower, we put on our swimsuits and rain boots and set off on a quest for puddles.

Unfortunately (for this particular venture) our street has excellent drainage, so no satisfactory puddles were available. Luckily, there is a large church nearby with a huge parking lot which had several huge and excellent puddles.

The kids proceeded to stomp and jump and splash and have a heck of a good time. I think the fact that they are generally NOT allowed to jump in puddles combined with their overall love of wetness combined to make this a super fun expedition.

I saw this same joyousness repeated this evening watching four kids, ages 3 to 8, playing in the water running off of the roof of the ice cream shop. They ran back and forth through the rain drops. They stood under the corner of the roof where there was a stream coming down, joyfully informing us on a regular basis that they were GETTING WET!

It is hard sometimes as a grown-up person who sees the rain and thinks about wet shoes and frizzed hair and rearranged plans to realize that it can be terribly fun, if you just let it!

1 comment:

Broderdorp said...

You need to control those kids