Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bugs And Dirt And Ick, Oh My!

I am not an outside person.

Truly and honestly, I prefer the indoors to the outdoors 98% of the time.

So, wouldn't you know I was blessed with a boy who loves the outside? Okay, let me rephrase that: he LOVES the OUTSIDE.

My son's love for all things outside must be expressed in all caps because, well, he's really an all caps kind of kid whose affection for grass, dirt and bugs is second only to the love felt for his blankie and his sister.

I have tried to squash this love by encouraging inside play but, apparently, there is really nothing like a smear of dirt across one's face and a scraped knee to feel alive.

So, I have given in. I spend at least one hour in the morning outside and one hour in the afternoon. After an hour, I am usually able to trick cajole him inside with the promise of a drink or snack.

You nature lovers (
shudder) may wonder why I hate it outside so much. Seems like a fair question, coming from the insane.



And dirt.

Oh, and don't forget the fact that it gets really, really hot out there, too.

If one could remove all bugs, the dirt and put some A/C out there, I might be more inclined to enjoy it. In the meantime, I will suffer through until he is old enough to be told, "Go play outside with your sister!"


wright said...

Eeewwww. . . bugs!!! said...

Mine also loves outside, but why would he got out in the self-contained backyard when he can force me out in the front (we are similar in our distrust of outdoors)?? And, my reason is purely allergy related. I'm already hacking up a lung indoors...why would I make it worse outside?

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I feel ya Toni. My guy loves the outdoors too. There are tantrums to be had when we come inside from outdoors. To be honest I admit to being 'outdoorsy' (just because I TOTALLY HATE winter so I get out while I can).

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Missy said...

I would LOVE to be able to send my little guy outside by himself too - because he would probably keep himself busy all day long. But, no fenced yard, and he will wander, quickly. It would be nice though!