“I’ve never had this kind of fun before!”

Usually our backyard fills up once, maybe twice a year because of heavy rains. In Lexington, our average April rainfall totals hover in the 4-5″ range, but this year we’ve had nearly a foot of precipitation with a few days left in the month! Add that to a higher-than-average snowfall from the winter, and there’s no doubt that our ground has a lot of moisture. So, instead of seeing our backyard “puddle” infrequently, this past month we’ve had it appear probably a handful of times. Earlier in April, we had frost around the edges, and on a couple cool mornings, we’ve come out to see fog and mist covering our lakefront property.

I think all that is to say that up until a few days ago, I’ve instructed the kids to stay away from the water that accumulates back there. It just seems icky to me to want to go into it, but these are boys we’re talking about. There’s only so much they can take before the “call of the wild” must take over, I guess. This past Monday, my precedent seemed to melt away. The pond was back, and though not at record levels, it was high. Temps were warm and close to 80 degrees. The sun was actually out and shining for a while.

During breakfast earlier that day, Todd had informed the boys that once they finished their school work and their chores that they would be allowed to jump on the trampoline, which was on the edge of the water. They were ecstatic. They worked hard, finished their jobs in almost-record time, and began the process of begging me to go out there. I was still hesitant, so it wasn’t until Todd stopped by the house in the afternoon that they actually got to make their way out to jump. They started out simply jumping–and jumping high and hard–trying to get into the water below the net and get their feet wet. That lasted for a while before one of them tried to get out of the trampoline and fell into the water. (“Oops! I tripped! However did I do that, Mom??” the one who fell in asked innocently.) We had been watching them from the kitchen and it was then that Todd gave them the go-ahead to get in the water. While I was still working through the gross factor of the whole thing, the boys were absolutely delighted. They had so much fun.

It wasn’t long before their hoots and hollers woke up the napping Chloe, who instantly wanted to join her brothers. (Hannah was not home at the time, but enjoying her class party with her friends. She came home later and was sufficiently grossed out that her siblings were in the backyard water. I think it’s safe to say that she will not be in it if we have future pond parties.) Chloe, on the other hand, unencumbered by thoughts of cleanliness or worries of ickiness, enjoyed being out with her brothers. At one point, she ran back to me and exclaimed, “I’ve never had this kind of fun before!!!”

We have a pond again this morning, but since the temperature is a nippy 50 degrees, for now, I think I’m off the hook. I’m still not crazy about letting them out in that water, but those kids will be talking about “the times we swam in the backyard” for a long time to come. And maybe if it ever stops raining, we can return to using our yard as a yard and not a pool.

Here’s a video of the kids romping and enjoying.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anna
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:33:05

    I’m with you………ick! Em watched and thought it looked gross, but the more she watched then more fun it looked to her. Can she come to the next “pond party”?


  2. Nonnie
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:01:59

    Nothing like the “old swimmin’ hole” to create memories!!!


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