I'm Just a Big Kid - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 31st, 2009
07:31 am - I'm Just a Big Kid
Last week I hosted an "End of Summer/and Goodbye Party" for one of our moms whose family is moving away. I didn't get pictures, unfortunately. I gave a puppet show for the children and I would have loved to post a video of it for posterity.
The show was a hit!! There were about 10 children present, and after we had lunch they started getting wound up, running through the house shrieking (in delight). Time for a puppet show to get them focused. I directed them to our bedroom where I had set up a bench with a drapey, see-through, summery-colored cloth over it. Robbie the little bear cub, my only puppet, is always the star of the show. This time I was his mother, and he interacted with me throughout the story. He wanted to know what to do on such a hot day (it was 106 degrees outside here that day), as he was too hot to even think of something. So we went over the things he could do that would be fun and cooling. First, he needed to drink some water. Then he went for a vigorous and boisterous swim. When he got tired out, I "buried" him in some cool sand. He thought that was fun! When he finally crawled out from under his "sand blanket", I "squirted" him with a hose to clean him off and cool him down. Ooh, that was an exciting surprise! After I dried him off, he had another drink of water and played quietly in the shade for a while, singing. Then he went indoors for a snack, and I read him a book about summertime fun. He got some good ideas about things we could do later, like play outside in the early evening and have a picnic-style supper. And he had me promise to take him to the beach soon, just like the kids in the book. I was very accomodating, of course! After that, because he was feeling a bit sweaty and drowsy, I had him take a nap under a damp towel with a fan blowing on him. He woke up refreshed, and I gave him another drink of water (push that water!) Then I handed him a cool treat... a frozen pinapple juice "ice cube". He loved it! He loved it so much that he wanted to share it with all the children in the audience. The kids by that time were sitting there enchanted (Robbie is such a dear little fellow... everyone always loves him) with wide smiles and sparkling eyes. I've never seen children with more rapt attention. How surprised they were when Robbie offered to share his "popsicles" with them! So he said a cheerful goodbye, and the children hurried off to the kitchen to receive their treats. A fruit juice ice cube in a napkin was a very sweet ending to a party on a hot summer day. The children went home happily, considerably calmed and contented. I was smiling as I waved goodbye to my guests... and I was smiling the rest of the day.