Saying Yes to Muddy Underpants

June 3rd, 2013

We took the kids on the first hike of the season on Memorial Day.  It was a rousing success.

Shaker Village Hike

We didn’t cover much ground because we came across a stream and that was pretty much the end of our forward progress.  The kids were enchanted by the water and wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of their lives frolicking in it.

We compromised by letting them play for about a half an hour.  Forever is a long time, after all.

Shaker Village Mac and Ellie 2

While we played, we encountered a couple other families with kids.  It was interesting to watch them as one dad in particular was deeply opposed to water play.  “Get out of there!  You’ll get wet!  You’ll get dirty!

I could have taken the same approach, I suppose.  After all, the kids did get soaked.  And dirty.  We had to take off Buggie’s pants because they were so water logged they were tripping him.  Which meant Miss Mouse wanted to shed hers, too.  We had a clean pull-up for Buggie in the car but had neglected to bring dry clothes for anyone, so Miss Mouse ended up riding home clad only in a burp rag, strategically wrapped around her nether regions to avoid chafing in the car seat.

But so what?  What’s an extra load of laundry and a couple muddy footprints in the car compared to a joy-filled experience outdoors?


6 responses to “Saying Yes to Muddy Underpants”

  1. Emily says:

    Love. The more Madeline grows, the more I find I’m letting her just explore without worrying (as long as it’s reasonably safe). What’s the fun in being a kid if you can’t jump in muddy puddles once in a while?

  2. Jen says:

    I am impressed that you were able to let go of “forward progress.” We try to let our kids play on a hike, but part of me is always like, “let’s keep moving!”, “don’t you know that we have ground to cover?”

    I need to work on this. :)

  3. Mandi says:

    Love it!!

  4. Cindi Frye says:

    Sounds like so much fun. Good for all of you! I do love that you allowed the kids to experience the water.

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