I’m a big believer in the mantra “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing.” Rainy days mean puddles and puddles are there to be jumped in. As long as you have wellies on, that is. The girls know that once they have their wellies on then they can splash away to their heart’s content.
Being able to happily jump up and down in puddles is one of the joys of childhood. You can’t quite get away with it as an adult unless you have kids in tow. One of the things I love most about parenthood is how it also gives me an excuse to act like a big kid. I can relieve those beautiful childhood moments, and enjoy the moment with my girls. There’s something truly liberating about being able to don a pair of wellies and start jumping in puddles. Best of all, the girls love it even more when I join in!
Sophie had her own little wild adventure at preschool this morning. The Kids Klub DVD man was there making individual DVDs of the children having a ‘safari adventure’. We’ve got a couple of DVDs of Jessica taking part in this. The children get to drive a little tractor and there’s video/animation footage behind them of various animals depending on which adventure they’re going on. It’s adorable to see the way they react to each of the animals. Jessica loves watching hers back and it’s lovely to have one with Sophie in now.
Our walk home from preschool was a lovely leisurely one, making sure we took time to jump in as many puddles as possible. Sophie’s leggings were well and truly soaked by the time she got home. The pure joy on her face was worth it though. As my girls like to remind me “clothes can always be washed, Mummy!” Indeed they can. And children are only little for a short time. I’m happy to enjoy those moments of jumping in puddles for as long as they last.
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.