Several days ago, Son #1 and Son #2 asked to play on the Slip & Slide. My husband and I fished the slide and accessories out of the garage. Then, we proceeded to set the whole thing up. Son #1 and Son #2 ran to their rooms to change into their swim trunks. Before going outside, I slathered them in sun screen. Finally, we turned on the water.
At first, a small fountain trickled from the slide. I adjusted the stream from the faucet and larger jets of water shot up. The boys were amazed. Son #1 grabbed his water board, backed up a few feet, and took a flying leap into the stream. He slid halfway down the slide and skidded to a stop. Obviously, the slide wasn't wet enough. I turned the water up another notch as my husband encouraged our oldest son to try it again. Son #1 tucked his board under his arm and returned to the starting point. Then, he sprinted to the slide, leaped into the air, and hurtled across the water. This time the slide was wet enough as Son #1 came crashing through the last puddle.
Son #2 jabbered excitedly as his older brother tested out the slide. As soon as everything was working correctly, we ushered our youngest son to his board. He picked it up and ran to the starting point. He tentatively jogged to the edge of the stream, placed his board on the ground, and then pushed it down the stretch to the final puddle. We all cheered as he reached the end. Son #2 straightened up and shouted with his fists in the air. "Yeah!"
For the next couple hours, the boys took turns skidding down the slide. Water flew everywhere as they splashed and shrieked. Even our border collie joined in the fun, racing back and forth across the yard. Eventually as the sun moved toward the horizon, the boys' quick sprints turned into slow jogs. Exhaustion permeated their facial expressions as they began to rub their sleepy eyes. I brought out the towels and wrapped them up before bringing them into the house. Son #1 and Son #2 were so tired they lay on the couch the rest of the evening.
The other day, Son #2 tapped me on the shoulder. "Mommy? I wanna play with da river."
"The river?" I asked wrinkling my brow.
"Yeah. Da river with da slide." Son #2 explained.
"Oh. You mean the Slip & Slide." I said. "Well, it's raining today but we'll get it out soon." I assured my youngest son. "Don't worry."
"O.K. Mommy. We'll play with da river soon." Son #2 said and hurried off to his room to play.
I giggled to myself. We definitely have to play with the "river" again and soon.