For the past four summers, my daughter and I have been babysitting two sisters, two days a week all summer. This has been one of the most fun things I do. I love kids because you can do silly things with them, and they don’t think you’re crazy, they think you’re fun. As an example, we routinely conga around the house singing, “Everybody wants to be a cat!” from the movie, The Aristocats. Now, you just know that has to be one of the silliest, fun things in the world to do.
This summer we were finally able to play the game Apples to Apples because both girls were able to follow and understand the game. The high hilarity that ensues while playing this makes all of us laugh so hard we snort. There are nights that my stomach hurts for hours because we laughed so long in the afternoon.
Our other activities include writing stories and poems to put into their summer scrapbooks they make at my house every summer; crafts; coloring; and most importantly of all, reading. We read for at least an hour every time they come over. Going to the library is also a weekly occurrence, as it is one of the most important places to visit.
Imaginative play has also been a big part of our summers. We’ve been having a running game of Pirates every year. My front porch is the ship, and we find other ships to fire upon, board, steal the booty, make sailors walk the plank, and most importantly drink our rum while singing “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!” at the top of our lungs.
Needless to say, every summer has been more enjoyable than the last. How often can a grown woman enjoy being a pirate and laughing hysterically until she snorts? Not often enough, I say!