The great part about being a parent is always the intensity with which kids force me to have fun. They bend my perception of myself backwards to a time when I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to stand like that or say those things.
So, here’s what happens when you spend summer with kids.
1. You learn the meaning of freedom. You swim!
Kids see water and jump in. No wondering if their thighs are too fat or if the water’s too cold. They go for it. So, for those of you bent on hibernating, remember, this is summer so swim.
This is me documenting it via Vine…all because of the Weekly Writing Challenge. Thanks for the spark.
2. You make movies.
They don’t just watch movies, they make them. My sister taught them how to think like filmmakers and this is one of their awesome creations with her help.
3. You eat ice cream and you’re messy about it.
Everyone was being so neat and nice, so polite. But, my son indulged in his cotton candy ice cream cone and made a mess. I did have to stop him before he got out of control.
4. You build a Lego Ship.
In lieu of homework, mine negotiated a challenge, “We’ll build this Lego ship.” So, they conveniently stretched the construction period out to four days long, but the results speak volumes.
5. You day dream.
Tilt your head back. Close your eyes or stare off at something in the room or at the ceiling then let your mind wonder to those places we rarely speak of because we’re too busy going from here to there or trying to meet a deadline.
6. You draw or doodle.
Sketching your favorite cartoon or TV character when you should be focusing on work keeps you relaxed and sometimes refocuses you if you’re struggling to finish writing. If you’re listening to someone who’s thoroughly boring, then doodle.
7. You dance.
Dance. Wiggle. Move. And do it often. Smiles follow.
8. You watch Nacho Libre, a lot.
Nacho Libre starring Jack Black became my son’s obsession. Thank God it was a funny one. Interpreted, this one means find a movie you really like, that makes you so happy you want to see it over and over again and do just that.
9. You’re gross.
Pick your nose and fart if you feel like it. Just promise, don’t be ashamed. Kids never are—at least not during summertime.
10. You sleep, a lot.
Go to bed late. Sleep until noon. Need I say more?
For a double whammy, I’ll use this time to say that I’m so proud of them. Without even knowing it, they’ve managed to give me amazing moments to write about and give you a laugh or two–thank you to the Daily Post Challenge.