Thursday, August 31, 2006

Time Well Spent

Clad in pajamas and sandals, Caitlyn came to me bright eyed and eager this morning and asked, "Mommy, can we go play outside?" A litany of excuses sprang to mind: it rained all night and everything's still wet. There's too much mud. The mosquitoes will eat us alive. I've got lessons planned for this morning. The laundry won't wash itself. Meghan needs a nap.

I put her off for a while, but with dogged determination, she came to me time and again with sandals in hand and an expectant smile, asking, "Now may we please go play outside Mommy?"

I finally relented after lunch. With Meghan down for a nap, I headed outside with Dylan and Caitlyn and spent a wonderful afternoon in the mud. They splashed in puddles, played with tractors, dug trenches, and crafted kingdoms. The sand castles we built today will crumble, but the memories we created will last a least for this mom who almost didn't make time to play.


erin said...

Ahh. . . that reminds me of playing with Jamie and Robby where our pool used to be.

He who wears the most black wins. said...

Dirt is so fun! Good for you for letting them play in it. I have had to let go of some SERIOUS hangups about children and dirt. Why on earth do they love it so much?!