Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
A few weeks ago, when it was only about 92 degrees on a daily basis, I turned on our sprinkler system one afternoon, thinking only the grass would get wet.
I had forgotten about the white-hot attraction between shooting water and kids.
Pretty soon, four or five of our neighbors’ children had joined Ty for rollicking runs through our yard. They alternated from trying to dodge the water to standing right on top of the stream, absorbing every drop that shot skyward.
They laughed and smiled and screamed and danced through the water, wrapped up in the blissful joy of childhood.
We all have our keeping cool in the summer memories.
Growing up, a friend down the street had a Slip ’n Slide and a yard with a nice grassy hill.
Not just a short hill with a gradual slope. This one was tall and steep.
You know what it’s like to be in the first car at the top of that big hill on the Scream Machine at Six Flags?
Let’s just say that Slip ’n Slides weren’t designed to be used as launching pads.
I think we broke the sound barrier a few times, flying down that hill and somehow stopping before he bounced ourselves into the road.
Guys probably have all sorts of memories of things we designed or did to keep cool in the summer, like this dad, who wrote about a contraption he put together.
It seems like the trampoline would be too slippery to jump with water all over it, but I guess that’s the protective dad inside of me talking, not the cool guy who did this kind of stuff when he was a kid.
There are plenty of other – drier and safer — ways to keep your kids cool this summer. This is an excellent list of all sorts of summertime activities, although some of these require going outside, which must be limited during our hot days.
Other than going to the pool, how are you keeping your kids cool – and busy — this unbearable summer?
Do you have any stories of how you or your siblings kept cool when you were younger?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog