My summers as a kid were filled with chores, more chores, and more chores. If those daily chores got done, I’d finish off my day playing with friends outside or watching TV at night.
We had great imaginations when I was a kid. We could turn almost anything outside into some kind of game. There was no such thing as being bored when you were outside with friends. If the trampoline got boring, we’d turn it into a dodge ball game. If the dodge ball game on the trampoline got boring, we’d set up the sprinkler underneath. If a game of water dodge ball on the trampoline got boring, we’d move the trampoline to the side of the house and we’d sneak up onto the roof and take turns jumping off the roof onto the tramp below.
One time we got so brave that we pushed that trampoline underneath the highest point of my parent’s house, which was about 2 stories high. I climbed up the fence and onto the house and ran off that highest point and landed on the trampoline below. I was then launched about 15 feet out and up right off the trampoline and onto the ground. I was the last person who ever tried to jump off that highest point.
Addie’s approach to summer is different than my approach to summer. I can’t really blame her though. It seems like most of her friends are going away on vacation for the summer. ‘Tis the reality of her just having friends that are members of four parent families.
Addie wants to spend the summer watching TV and playing board games. The board games are okay and I’m even okay with her catching a few TV shows and movies. I know that I watched my fair share of movies and TV shows during my summers, but I also spent 80% of time outside.
Casey preempted Addie’s desire to watch TV all summer by signing her up for summer camp. This summer camp is run by the local parks and recreation and they take the kids from 7 AM until 6 PM every weekday. They have all kinds of activities they do each day including swimming and field trips. And lots of kids attend this summer camp each day, so Addie has no shortage of friends at the camp.
So far it has been a battle getting Addie to go to the camp each day and I have no idea why. I take her in the morning on my way to work and I argue with her for the 30 minutes leading up to our departure, trying to convince her that she will be going to summer camp, “Because I said so.” Then when I pick her up on my way home from work, I have to convince her that she needs to leave camp and come home for the night. The kid wants to stay longer when I pick her up. She’s also pretty worn out. The camp has really done a good job of keeping the kids active and burning up all their energy.
With how much she enjoys summer camp, I have no idea why it’s a struggle to get here there each day.
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