I was racking my brain for a rainy day activity this week when a thought occurred to me. What activity can you only do in wet weather? Play in the rain of course! So today we went outside – not despite the weather, but rather because of it. We delighted in putting on our raincoats and pulling on gumboots, ready to explore the sloshy backyard.
We looked at the way water droplets sat like diamonds on leaves. We hunted for creepy crawlies that came out during a break in the rain. We found secret hiding places under branches to escape the downpour. And it was fun! I had anticipated that we’d spend 30 minutes or so outside. An hour and a half later our hungry tummies dragged us back into the house. Besides, the sun had come out and we were starting to swelter in our raincoats.
Although I grew up playing lots of rough and tumble outdoor games as a child myself, I am sometimes too precious with my own kids. It’s right to keep them out of the sun on hot days, and rug them up in cold weather. It’s right to make sure they are playing in a safe place free from obvious hazards. But it’s easy to be over-protective and I often I need to just loosen up and let them be kids. The worst thing that happened today was that they got a little wet. Big deal!