So two of our good friends across the street recently picked up one of those big blow-up water slides that are tons of fun. We’ve thought about getting one, but since they now both have one, we’ve decided maybe it’s not the time to invest in our own because all of our families get together regularly and our kids just play together anyway, so chances are, our girls will get water slide time.
Although I did think about it a lot because I’ve been known to jump on a bandwagon or two…and those slides really are a great investment for the summer months…but I digress
So last weekend we were supposed to head across the street for a barbecue, but our neighbors weren’t home just yet and the girls wanted to play out in the water. Well, we couldn’t get the sprinkler set up due to the fact that the spray nozzle was stuck on our hose…not for lack of trying to get it off, let me tell you. But, then, in a moment of brilliance, my husband took me back to my redneck roots and created something fantastic all while reminding me of what’s important…
perhaps we can do simple…..
perhaps it’s ok if we don’t get the fancy slide…..
Because my girls seem to have fun making do with what we have… and I remember doing the same. I remember my grandparents filling up old truck toppers with water and those were our wading pools. I remember we pushed each other around in wheel barrows from the shed instead of having fancy cars that went around in the yard. I remember spending hours upon hours building forts out of bedsheets in the living room instead of having a princess tent that was wrecked after a few uses because of some overzealous toddlers (cough**charlotte and madison**cough**cough**). I remember using my imagination instead of having it all done for me and it was great.
Don’t get me wrong, we do big sometimes and that’s a lot of fun for us because we can provide our kids with those things we didn’t get to have when we were young, and there’s something gratifying about that – but I’m realizing that it’s not necessary to provide them with everything that strikes our fancy. Sometimes, you just need to grab a pair of wood vice grips (I think that’s what they’re called), a hose with fancy spray nozzle and a plastic wading pool and make do with what you have… and to quote my oldest daughter you may just have the…
… best day ever!
The only thing missing from this contraption….duct tape.