I picked Clay up from school yesterday, cruised through McDonald's drive-thru and headed to a park where I met my friend Gin. We had a little picnic with Clay and Brooklyn. I learned a few things yesterday. Well, actually I learned these lessons some time ago, but they were reinforced yesterday.
1. There's no reason to buy the kids food or make them lunch when going to a park for a picnic. They are physically incapable of sitting sit long enough to eat more than a half a fry.
2. In any given hour at a park, a child will say, "Watch me! Look what I can do!" at least 43,000 times.
3. 5 year old boys have no fear. None.
4. My butt has gotten significantly bigger since the last time I tried to swing.
5. Boys and girls play with toys completely differently. Brooklyn played with her little McDonald's American Girl paper dolls set. She sat there on the bench, gave a doll to my friend Ginny and held a doll herself. She "talked" for the doll. "Hi. What's your name? My name is Lala. Do you want to come to my house and play?"
Clay, on the other hand, took his Bionicle toy and said, "Look Mom!" as he threw it in the air as high as he could. The toy landed with a thud in a pile of woodchips. Clay ran after it and whipped it across the park again. After retrieving it for the 8th time, he ran to me and said, "I'm going to chop your arm off because he has swords here." He proceeded to give me little, plastic toy karate chops.
6. Bees are especially attracted to people who are allergic to them. (OK, so maybe that last one isn't actually scientific fact, but let me tell ya, they were swarming around me!)
7. A swing is a rocketship that can transport any child to the stars.
8. A child can find a stick at any given park. Sticks do not make good toys. Weapons, yes. Toys, no.
9. A kid can whine a million times about how hot and thirsty they are, but they'll still complain when it's time to go.
10. A cut or scrape doesn't hurt until the child sees blood, then excruciating pain sets in.
I hope we have a few more weeks of park weather before winter hits. :)