What if Daddy Can’t Build a Treehouse?
This past weekend was a lot of fun with the kids. We spent a lot of time outside doing water activities-playing with the sprinkler as we watered the yard; jumping in the kiddie pool that they’ve had since they were 2; spraying each other with the water hose; and slipping on a slip ‘n slide.
The slip ‘n slide was the hit of the weekend. They use an entire bottle of dish soap making it more slippery as they went. By the end, there was so much mud that they slid into that my youngest pulled her panties off in the middle of the yard. She’s a quick one! After rinsing them out to get some of the caked-on muck off, she did put them back on. I don’t think the neighbors saw, but it was certainly not the first time she’d dropped drawers in the yard. However, those Poppy panties will never be the same.
Our most fun came when we hung the slip ‘n slide over their Little Tike Slide/Playhouse. They turned it into a fortress, water slide, and put the kiddie pool at the end to splash into for the grand finale. They did all of this adventuring while daddy sprayed them with the hose.
The only sad note to the day was when our oldest said to daddy, “If you’re arm still worked, I know you would have built us a treehouse.”
And, he would have, but now he can’t use a hammer and hold a nail at the same time.
Its hard to see my husband struggle to keep positive and upbeat when he’s reminded of the effects of his stroke. To go from right handed to now left and to have his instructional-navigating expertise now be fuzzy, is devastating to say the least.
But, not all dads build their kids treehouses. Some dads don’t even show up to take care of their kids. Some dads live in cities with no trees around. Some dads don’t like nature. Just because he can’t hammer a nail doesn’t make him less of a dad. Spending hours outside spraying them with hoses because they want to play outside, makes for a pretty rocking awesome dad!