Our in-laws own a trailer in Southern Ontario. It's a nice little park, lots of people driving around drunk on their power carts, thinking they own the place. Music playing from the community barn, bingo nights, campfires, a lake you can barley get down too and a pool that only lets a certain number of people into the fenced in area. 10 people to be exact!
For about a year when we started going here, we always made the girls wait for us if they wanted to go anywhere. Most days those were long, LONG waits! Ugh, yea, lets go to the park for 5min till you get sand in your shoe and freak out. Or lets walk around the block for the 10th time in 30min!! Don't get me wrong, love them, love watching them play in the park and make new friends, but come on! Sometimes, I just want to relax by the fire and watch the stars. You know, boring stuff for a 6 and 7 year old.
SO, I told them to go for a walk on their own. My poor husband's face and the girls too! WHAT!!!
"Go for a walk by your selves!" Independence, embrace it! The quiet... I know I will embrace that!
Some bug spray and a flash light later, with some rules on where they can walk (within eye site and sprinting distance in case something happens) off they went. I won't lie, I did walk to the edge of our lot and watched them totter off, turn the corner, disappear for 2 min, to reappear and turn the corner back to us. They came back! Nothing happened! High-fives all around! Travel mugs were filled with hot cocoa, long sleeves were put on, and off they went. Doing that one little loop around the block over and over again, made their weekend!
The best part now, is that we pull trough the gates to the park, pull over and kick them out. They go to the park, wander around and we get to open the trailer, unload, find some cold drinks and relax, all before they get back.
Now, if only I can let them go to the store walking from our house. Get yo' own slushies!!
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.