Last week, as we got closer to the end of January, it felt like Little Man and I hadn’t been outside for any run around time in forever. Having grown up in a semi-arid desert, I still tend to be a bit cat-like going outside in the rain. Meaning it’s not my favorite thing. This day, however, I had had enough. It wasn’t raining (yet) so I bundled Little Man and myself up, grabbed his scooter and my bag full of empty egg cartons and headed off into the drizzle.
As we started off down the road, Little Man scooted alongside of me and commented that there was an awful lot of drizzle. It had, in fact, turned from drizzle into a light rain. By the time we’d made it up the hill to the house with the egg stand outside their fence, the light rain was a little less light.
Around this time Little Man started asking for a snack and I told him that we could have the cookies I’d brought with me for a snack when we got down the other side of the hill to the little lake. He thought that was a great idea and declared that we would have a cookie picnic in the rain. So empty egg cartons deposited, and new full egg cartons retrieved ($3/dozen for local farm fresh eggs… yup! No need for eggs from the more… questionable sources of the mega stores for us), we were off down the road again.
Little Man imagined that we were going over a waterfall as we walked downhill, tracking whatever villain was supposedly rampant that day. We had also picked up our neighbor’s friendly dog for the walk. She often chaperoned us on our walks in the neighborhood, and Little Man considers her to be his dog. Or at least a dog on loan when we go for walks.
Finally at the little lake, we sat down on a tree trunk bent into a perfect bench for the two of us, water soaking into our pants but neither of us cared. Then cookies in hand, we sat on our sodden tree, gazed at the water falling into the lake, and chatted about camping thoughts for when the weather warms up a bit. For this mom, it was a perfect rainy day cookie picnic.