Doing What Comes Naturally
July 11th, 2012
Sometimes, when you’re a parent, situations spiral out of your control. Take this afternoon. My kids were playing outside in the wading pool, splashing and being silly. Buggie suddenly exits the pool and squats in the grass with a look of intense concentration.
Uh oh. I know that look.
Instead of whisking him inside to a) sit on the potty or b) put on a diaper, I (foolishly) offer to pull his trunks down, allowing him to do his business unencumbered. He readily agrees…
…and then Miss Mouse announces her intentions as well and pulls down her swimsuit.
So now they’re both squatting in the grass half-dressed. Then Miss Mouse decides she needs some privacy and marches to another backyard location.
But Buggie likes to be near his big sister, so he stands up and waddles after her, swim trunks around his ankles, winkie flapping in the breeze.
I finally removed their clothes entirely and let them run around the backyard naked for a while. I’m not sure quite how it all happened. It really wasn’t my intention to let my kids frolic in the nude while (possibly) performing bodily functions! I’m not that sort of mother.
Well, apparently I am.
The number one rule of vacation parenting: if it’s not dangerous, go with it.