As the room grew darker we knew what that meant. . . a storm was coming. Who doesn’t love a good thunder storm? They make for a perfect snuggle time and movie watching afternoon. For that reason, I tucked my legs under me on the sofa, snuggled in, and got ready to find a great movie. Wildflower rolled over the back of the white cloud with a mischievous look in her eye and said, “I have an idea.” “What’s that?” I said. “Let’s go play in the rain.”
Instantly, my almost 40 year old mind and body said, “NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!” I didn’t want to get wet and cold. I wanted to stay snug in my sweatshirt and under my puffy blanket. Yet, I knew I wanted to make fun memories with her this summer, even if it was simply dancing in the rain.
Of course, I let her go first while I grabbed my camera. I had seen so many fun, childhood, summer photos on the “gram” and I knew this was my chance to have some of my very own. Trying my best to stay dry, I leaned out as far as I could from under the awning without meeting the downpour. Then it became too much for me and I had to join in the fun. Those puddles were calling my name. We jumped until we were soaked through and through and the smiles couldn’t be wiped from our soggy faces. After plenty of splashing we took our cold bodies inside for hot showers and that relaxing movie afternoon.
Growing up I always said I wanted to have my kids young because I wanted to play with them and not be too tired. Of course, God had other plans. I was 37 when I met Wildflower and now I’ll be in my 40s once we have ones of our own. There are a few things I’ve learned from the past 3 years with this “little one”.
First, just go play! Like this rainy day play time, I wanted to stay inside but I had so much fun letting my childlike self dance in the rain. It was so worth it for making the memory and smiling and laughing like we did.
Second, stay fit! As we get older we get sluggish and those times of running in the yard playing tag become daunting. When I get my exercise in, eat right, and get quality sleep I have way more energy and feel younger.
Third, as an introvert it’s okay to take some time for myself. I find that I enjoy the time playing way more if I’ve also had some alone time. Any introvert moms feeling me right now?
Fourth, these are the days your kids will remember. The days you got out and played with them. They’re the days they’ll talk about when they’re older. Make your kid’s childhood a memorable one with lots of outside play, tickle time, snuggles, dancing in the rain, and making a fool of yourself.