How to tell if your children have been grossly deprived of outdoor play...
Last night, they all piled downstairs to brush their teeth and get ready for bed. You see, Mr. P. went upstairs and realized they were sliding into the closet door with quite a bang. To save the door and the reduce head injuries, he opened the closet door so they now slide into the big walk-in closet! Great fun!!! A whole new element has been added to the mattress slide phenomenon! Hours and hours later when they came downstairs to get ready for bed, they had their sleeves rolled up, their pants and leggings rolled up, no shoes or socks on their feet... and they were sweating! Sweating, I tell you! People... it's February! And, it's NOT warm! Even in the house! I, under my blanket next to the wood stove, was amazed!
Hmmm, do you think my children might be suffering from a little cabin fever? After all, it's been weeks since we've played outside for any length of time. I think it's taking its toll.
In case you are wondering... it's time to start school and all I hear from upstairs is gleeful giggling and repetitive thuds as little bottoms hit the floor of the closet. Great fun! At least its the best fun you can have stuck in the house in the doldrums of late winter... it is late winter, right? I'm happy to report we are actually going to break the 50 degree mark today and tomorrow! Yippee!! There is hope!
Hey, at least we don't live in Minnesota! Now, I'm off to end all the joy and frivolity and bring certain children back to the reality of a school day. It's tough being a killjoy.