No worries, we did not go on a hike through the forest on this very popular hunting day. Instead, I said, “Teeth brushed? Good job. Now out we go!”
Kid #1 : “Where are we going, Mom? What are we going to do?”
Kid #2: “Why? I don’t want to go.”
Me: “We are going outside, to the yard, to…play.”
Kid #2 was encouraged a bit more than Kid #1 to go outside. In the end we all got out the door, Kid #2 followed my promoting/example to climb a fallen tree, played for about 10, then disappeared back inside. Kid #1 would not climb with us, but stayed outside with me for over an hour, walking through brambles, and observing wildlife.
Most exciting moment? When Kid #1 almost stepped on a sleeping opposum.
We then proceeded to look closer at it, talk about why it was there, and discuss if it would live through the night. (Looked as if it had been in a fight.)
While walking around, I realized there were no older cousins in their lives who have challenged them to do things or show them what might be possible. I tried to think of how I used to play with my younger cousins and do similar things. Not sure it hit the mark, but the kids “explored” areas of my parents’ property they had never been in…while staying out of the woods.
Even though we were not in danger, it did feel as if our every move was being followed…
After our fresh air jaunt, we came inside and did what had to be done – cheer our alma mater on as they battled their adversary in a very important game.
Best pre-game show I have seen in a long time.