The size of our apartment lends itself to daily bouts of cabin fever. To combat this the children and I have begun going to a park each morning while it’s still cool and then for a family walk around downtown in the evening. Sooner Park is our favorite of late. It has all the standard playground equipment, a swimming pool (though we’ve yet to visit that), an abundance of squirrels and best of all a winding little stream passing right through the middle. One day not so long ago we arrived to find the park swarming with a Vacation Bible School group. As is her custom, Sister quickly made friends with the explorers of the bunch – a sub-group with nets and buckets and enough determination to catch several minnows, tadpoles and and a frog. Sister played the delighted spectator on that trip but two days later insisted she needed to try net fishing. For less than $12 we acquired the necessary equipment and headed to the park.
We didn’t catch anything that day or the next day either but we are getting closer and refining our techniques and most of all we are having fun and learning together. I think sometimes about the group we met the first day (and another group we’ve met since). Both stayed for a while but were forced to leave their explorations as soon as the teacher called. We stay until we are tired or it gets too hot or we mutually agree we’d like to try again another day. While I understand the necessity of organization and schedule with so many children and so few caretakers, I like our way better. I hope that as they grow our children will agree.