With summer in full swing, I’m spending even more time with my kids, especially my (basically) eight-year-old son. This has quickly led to some great conversations and moments. Examples:
“Dad, how do people become wealthy?” Wherein we get to talk about all the different ways that can happen and why.
Making root beer floats for them for the first time (Stewart’s Root Beer and Häagen-Dazs Five vanilla bean ice cream). Thumbs way down from the four-year-old. A wavery thumbs up from the eight-year-old. Humph. More for me.
A seven game championship series of Floor Ball. (Floor Ball?) Yes. It’s a game they invented. It’s played on your hands and knees on the hardwood floor of our family room. Two on one. You can guess. Right. I’m confined to a two foot wide section of the court between the edge of the rug and a strip of tape that marks the three point line when we’re playing basketball. They have to stay on the other side of the tape. We play with one of those hollow, rubber squeeze balls given out as promo items. You have to slap the ball along the floor into the other team’s goal. They just have to get it on the rug. I have to get it the length of the room, past both of them, and hit the wall. Not the closet doors, which take up half the wall, the actual wall. I lost the series 3-2 and have a pretty good, scabbed over scrape on my right knee.
Lots of reading. I’ve entered both of them in our public library’s summer reading program. My older son reads on his own. He’s mowed through six of The Boxcar Children Mysteries so far, which has bagged him a coupon to a local amusement park. I read three or four books to the younger one each day. We have to reach twenty five books before he wins a prize.
And, on a related note, I had one of those YES! parent moments today. I had to take my older son with me to the car mechanic and, since my wife is out of town, we had to hang out in the lounge while the car was worked on. It was deserted except for us and the flat screen TV hung in the corner like some modern technology gargoyle. And my son asked me to turn it off so he could read his book!
Tomorrow we have a full day with all three of us. Might go on a big hike. Might take them to swim in a pond if it’s super hot and humid again. Might do something else.