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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Goodbye Froggy Raincoat!

Leo does not fit in his froggy raincoat and yellow boots anymore. We discovered this last week when the rain was coming down in buckets and we were late for school. “Get your froggy raincoat!” I yelled from the kitchen. I heard Leo head to the hall closet and rustle around. When he came back, I discovered the sad truth. Leo’s arms were sticking out of the raincoat and the Velcro was straining at closure. I stood there for a moment and watched my baby morph from a two year old into a tall four year old before my eyes. Here is Leo in his froggy raincoat less than a year ago.
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That’s been happening a lot lately with Leo. I pulled down Henry’s old 5T clothes this week to transition into Leo’s wardrobe. When Leo put on one of Henry’s old long sleeve t-shirts he protested because it was too “long.” Leo is used to wearing shirts that barely pass his belly button because his mommy (ahem) can’t bear to put away some of his cuter t-shirts. Invariably when I take either of the boys to get new shoes, I discover that they have been shoving their feet into a pair of sneakers at least a size too small. I am in denial…and Leo is only 4! What happens at 16?
The loss of the froggy raincoat hit me hard. We’ve had it for at least fours years because Henry wore it too. Raincoats are important to us because rain watching and puddle hopping is a big event with the Helfrich family. It doesn’t rain very often where we live and when it does, we get right out in it!
Leo loves to observe puddles and searches our neighborhood to find the deepest specimens for jumping into. The other day I watched him squat down next at the sidewalk’s edge and observe the water run off with great interest. I leaned down next to him to see what was going on.
“Mom, see that little leaf?” he said pointing. “It is stuck in a whirlpool spinning and spinning. I like that.”
And indeed it was. The leaf was turning gently as the water rushed by to the drain. We talked a bit about whirlpools before he rushed off to find worms.
My favorite time to observe the rain is early in the morning, from the comforts of a cozy bed. Leo and Henry usually make their way into our bed for a morning cuddle. Recently we were all snuggled in when Henry said, “Listen to the rain!”
It was pouring outside. The rain was hitting the house hard and for a moment we imagined we were in a tropical rain forest. As the rain hit the skylight in the bathroom it sounded like a big drum. The boys made observations about the sounds and we all snuggled in a little closer. This was a magical kind of science moment. And a fleeting one.
The good news is that Henry has also grown out of his raincoat and Leo is acquiring the coveted fireman rain outfit complete with red fire detailed boots. Henry claims that the fireman raincoat is for babies and he doesn’t like it when the grownups at school call him “Little Fireman.” Alas, 6 years old is too mature for some good clean rain fun. Luckily, Leo does not share that sentiment. He is more than happy to don the fireman raincoat.
The froggy raincoat will be retired and passed on to a worthy family friend. No matter what the color or style of the rain gear, all of us look forward to our next romp in the rain.
Happy holidays everyone! Science Kids on the Loose will be off for the next couple of weeks. See you in 2012!


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