The past several days, Metro Manila has had really sizzling hot weather! It’s been hot, humid, sticky days. And, almost without fail, it rains in the afternoon. Sometimes it’s just a drizzle. On other days, it’s a downpour.
On hot days like these, I wish I had a pool I could dip into anytime, or at least a bath tub (with some sleek Grohe fixtures) where I could relax while cooling down… Anyhoo, back to reality (the heat is making me delirious)…
The other day, there was a heavy downpour. VGood asked if they could play in the rain. Please, please, please, pretty pleeeaase, she begged.
I said okay – she did not have to beg me much. Oh they were so happy! In my heart, I was happy watching them have fun too, kahit mababaw lang.
Sometimes, I just let them be. They’re just kids anyway. (And, oh no, it’s absolutely not true that letting kids play in the rain will make them sick. 😉 )
When I was a kid, I had lots of time and outdoor space for play. Back then, it was fun to be a kid. We did not have fancy toys and gadgets. But we improvised on playthings – playing dress-up (with mama’s 60s shoes and dresses), bahay-bahayan sa puno, home-made paper dolls.
Right across the old house where I grew up was a park with slopes and an open field. My school happened to be just across the park too. During lunch time, my friends and I would have a picnic under a tree. Even if I lived a short walk away and could always go home for lunch, I insisted on bring my baon so I wouldn’t miss out on the fun!
After school, we’d run towards freedom – the park! There we played many games – Chinese garter, Freeze and Melt, Hide and Seek, spinning-til-we-got-dizzy (weird!), slope-boarding (extreme!). My childhood was lots of fun.
I love telling stories of my childhood adventures to my kids. And they never get tired of hearing them (I hope). By telling my stories, I also hope to teach my kids the attitude of finding happiness even in small things (read: kababawan). I hear parents complaining that kids these days are so hard to please. I think our kids are what we make them.
What I’m saying is – fun doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The next time there’s a downpour, let the kids out!