What does a mother do with her two healthy kids on blistering hot summer days, while just one chick is sick inside? I turned to my 4-year-old for advice. The answer: crafts. Of course, our little craft queen believes this is the answer to everything. Why not?
I ushered the kids into the ‘ole minivan and raced to the nearest craft supply store. Yes, we likely left crafty germs behind…but what’s a mom to do? Tie-die t-shirts and baked clay necklaces took their place at our dining room table, keeping the kids busy for at least a few hours. I think their creations are really cool!
Days later: In celebration (the cooties official took their leave)…. the kids and I Left.Our.House. Hooray! Sebastion Joe’s ice cream, Wild Rumpus books (complete with roaming chickens and cats) and a quick walk to Lake Harriet marked re-discovered healthiness and freedom. We were really bummed that the streetcar line only ran that evening, but schools of sunfish and hungry ducks managed to be a great stand-in. Another great drawing from our Summer Idea jar.