On the second day of my summer vacation my Cody (6) was up bright and early. By 6:20 he was wearing his swimsuit. I got downstairs and found him reading a book on the couch. I poured myself a cup of coffee and sat down to listen.
As soon as the book was finished, he asked if we could set up the slip and slide. The time was 6:45. He had mentioned the slip and slide about 40 times the day before, so I wasn't terribly surprised.
I explained that the temperature was only 66 degrees. He was not persuaded, so I sent him outside to feel the temperature for himself. He came in and announced that it was perfect weather for the slip and slide.
By 7:00 the continual badgering wore me down. We went outside and set the slip and slide up in the front yard. Before I turned the water on, I looked at him and told him very firmly that if he was only outside playing for 15 minutes before getting cold and coming inside I would not set up the slip and slide at all for a week, and he would have to listen to me when I told him it was not warm enough. Of course I was completely confident he would only last about 3 minutes. He said he understood, and the water went on.
I watched through the window for a while. At first he was hesitant to get wet, but he quickly adjusted and appeared to be having the time of his life. After a few minutes he came to the door and asked if he could invite his neighborhood friends over for a slip and slide party. (Um, it's 7:08 and 67 degrees, no.) Next he wanted to know if he could wake up his two year-old sister for a slip and slide party. (Again: no.) He went back out and played happily (and very loudly) by himself for about 15 minutes.
I called my mom to report the ridiculousness of the situation. She was amused.
I was still on the phone when I heard him come to the door and shout:
Mom, has it been 15 minutes yet?
Finally! Thank goodness!
and he came in.
This post is linked with Two Writing Teachers for their Tuesday Slice of Life Challenges. I hope to continue to grow as a writer by participating in this challenge over the summer. I'm also hosting a weekly summer linkup called Teacher in the Kitchen on Mondays. It's very low-key, and I'd love for other teacher bloggers and Slicers to join.
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