What could be more delightful than a bone-chillingly dreary day?
Why, experiencing the joy of nature on such a lovely day, of course!
Or perhaps more specifically…
Playing basketball outside in freezing temperatures!
With a child whose blatant disregard for my well-being has not gone unnoticed by yours truly.
Did I mention it was astonishingly windy, too?
When there’s finally the teeniest ray of sun poking through the foreboding clouds right before the sun sets, it’s obviously time to wander outside into the frigid air.
Nevermind the fact that it’s chilly enough to guarantee Frosty the Snowman at least one more day of puddle-free existence.
Oh, and thank you, Daylight Savings Time.
Thank you so much.
Your highly anticipated return has provided this wonderful extra hour of daylight.
Which wouldn’t normally be such a bad thing…
Except after a long day, when I’d like nothing more than to convince the kids that the dark sky means it’s clearly time for bed.
Somebody, please tell me why it’s so difficult to force a child to go outside and play on a gorgeous sunny day?
Wouldn’t that be far less painful for everyone?
I guess this must beat shower time.
That’s got to be it.
So there we were.
You wanna go?
You wanna piece of me?
Come at me!
Where you at?
Show me what you got!
I’ve got frostbite.
That’s what I’ve got.
Wanna see that?
My child seems genuinely intrigued.
So I stuck my hand up his shirt.
My freezing cold, bluish-purple hands.
Gotta keep swimming, swimming…
Or maybe it’s running, running…
Or dribbling, dribbling…
Let me tell ya, cold is a very powerful motivator.
I shot far more hoops than usual that day.
The magic modus operandi?
Bouncing and hopping around like a maniac in a desperate attempt to generate my own heat before succumbing to imminent hypothermia.
Which, evidently, is not a concern for crazy children.
Their sheer insanity keeps them sufficiently warm.
Between hook shots and free throws…
Along with no shortage of illegal elbows, tickles, and fouls…
It was a surprisingly invigorating outing.
Nothing but net.
~Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! Hope you’re all enjoying a day filled with fun and shenanigans. And corned beef and Guinness, if you’re into that sort of thing. Have a fantastic weekend!~