My kids and I have been taking advantage of the beautiful
weather lately and spending a great deal of time in the back yard. I usually open the back door and let the
kids play on the porch while I get some things done in the kitchen. Then I’ll come outside and read the paper
while they play. I do, however, try to
work in some quality time with them. With my multi-tasking mindset it is sometimes difficult to focus on just
the kids so I try to set up the egg timer for at least one hour of quality play
time. During that time I try to let my
son’s imagination lead us in play. This
always makes for some interesting dialogue. Yesterday was no exception. Here’s the conversation we had:
Me: Aye aye
Son: Do you see
those children playing over there?
Son: When they
fall asleep, you need to dress up like an old woman and take all of their toys.
Me: (trying to stay
in character) What sir?
Son: You need to
dress up like an old lady and take all of the toys from those children while
they are asleep.
that’s what pirates do. They aren’t
nice. They take toys from children.
Me: And why do I
have to dress up like an old lady?
Son: To trick the
Me: Because old
ladies would never steel toys from children?
This went on for quite some time. I would don my old lady dress, old lady hat, and old lady cane
and walk around our backyard, stealing toys from unsuspecting sleeping
children. When I brought the toys to my
son he would take out his air sword and air-smash them to bits. We all had fun and I received a life lesson
about the inherent wickedness of pirates as well as the inherent goodness of