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Backyard Camping

Posted by Kristen on June 29, 2009 at 7:10 AM in Camping
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Ethan started early in the day.

E: Can we camp tonight?

He asked no less than 30 times. Derek finally gave in and put up the tent. No one paid attention to the weather forecast. A little rain never hurt anyone, right?

They asked if I wanted to join them. My kind of camping is either at someplace fabulously famous or historical or camping at a five-star hotel with a 42-inch television and a jacuzzi bathtub. I know it's wrong but it is the way it is.

They raced out to the tent with a couple of couch pillows, a couple of sleeping bags and a flashlight. Ten minutes later Ethan came in the house and got a plastic bag. I should have asked questions but I figured his father had it under control. Another ten minutes went by and he came back in to show me his bounty.

There were three lightning bugs in the bag. The sealed bag. He began to tell me how he was going to keep the lightning bugs until tomorrow. I flashed back to that time when I was five and I decided to keep two hundred lightning bugs in a bug lantern overnight. Imagine my surprise when I found 200 lightning bug corpses in my bug lantern the next morning. I think the incident made me who I am today and who really needs to go to therapy over dead lightning bugs?

K: Buddy, if you don't set them free, they will miss their dads.

With that he set them free. Unfortunately he set them free in the tent and Derek killed one by accident when he mistakenly thought it was a mosquito but I did save the life of two of them. And hopefully shaved off five or six hours of therapy when Ethan is older.


Amber writes...

I am a non-camper too, and I will assert to my dying day that there is nothing wrong with that. Why sleep on the ground if you don't have to?

Jess writes...

I grew up camping, and really miss it and feel like my kids are missing out (hubby isn't in love with camping so all the motivation would have to come from me). Thing is, I'm paralyzed by fear of getting 3 kids to sleep in a tent, and not exactly eager to rest my bones with little between me and the hard ground.

Would love to start out in our back yard. Time to get a tent...

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