It is not unusual on any given night for there to be at least 8 to 10 kids at our house. Tonight was no exception. We have this big hill in our back yard that is excellent for sledding in the winter and in the summer, it’s great for riding your bike down.
When Brian and I first got married, we always said that we wanted to have a house with a pool. That way our kids would always want to stay home and have their friends over and never want to go off anywhere else to play! 🙂
Well, it’s been almost 8 years since we were first married and there’s still no pool.
However, we have somehow managed to pull off having the “cool” house where all the kids gather. Which works out great for us, because we’re not real comfortable with letting the girls go to other kids’ houses to play. In fact, there’s only one house that we actually let them go to and it’s directly behind ours. The people that live there have been friends of my family’s for years and they have 4 grand daughters that are right around the ages of our girls.
It’s not that we’re over protective. Okay, well it IS that we’re over protective, but we can’t help it, we just are. I’m not saying that they’ll never be allowed to go to a friend’s house, but it will only be once we’ve thoroughly gotten to know the parents and are fully comfortable with letting that happen.
Times are different than when I was a kid. My sister and I used to run around this town all day and not come home til dark or til we were half starved, whichever came first. And it was okay then. And in all honesty, in this town, it’s probably okay now, there are kids here that do that very same thing, but mine never will. The world we live in now requires them to have constant supervision. Which is fine by me.
I’m just glad we’ve got the cool house for now.