Last year, we were at Hershey Park and it started to rain. I saw a mother and her son running out of the park. He wanted to jump in one of the quickly forming puddles, but his mom pulled him along, yelling at him to not be an idiot. I immediately had my mini-ions come out of the store front we were huddling under and dance in the rain.
I get it. Sometimes it isn’t advantageous for them to be wet, may make situations worse down the road. Sometimes it is more than a mom can mentally handle, and I’ve certainly been that mom in those kinds of situations. But something about that moment made me want to be more spontaneous. To worry less about the down the road implications, to put on my big girl panties to make my life a little less easy and experience the joy of life. The joy of giggling in the rain and jumping in rain puddles.
So there we were, walking into our local McDonalds after a recent rain for an indoor playdate (they have a great indoor playground), and there were these great puddles. It was easy to do the quick implications on this one – sheltered part of the parking lot, check – wet shoes which would be taken off very shortly, check – ready, set, go!
It wasn’t long, they didn’t need long. They jumped all around the puddle and walked into McDonalds with big smiles on their faces and a bounce in their steps.