The Outdoorsy Ones

This is our tent. I couldn’t have told you whether it was in the hall storage closet or the garage but Lucas found it and was setting it up within five minutes of Hudson suggesting they camp in the backyard.

Lucas was willing to go to the trouble on a weeknight because, he pointed out, it would be “better than just sitting inside watching reruns on TV.” So what did they do in the tent? They watched Spongebob reruns on Lucas’ iPad.

Meanwhile, Madison and I were inside enjoying heat and electricity. She went in the kitchen, gasped suddenly and said, ”Mom! There’s a cricket!”

“Sorry, I can’t help you.”


“I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I’m afraid of crickets too.”

“What should I do?”

“Stomp your foot near it. It’ll jump away.”

“Mom! I don’t want to set it loose in the house.”

“It already is loose in the house.”

“What should I do? Should I put a cup over it?”

“Trap it? Sure.”

She had the guts to get close enough to slap a glass over it. There that cricket stayed until Lucas set it free outside.

You’re clear on who the outdoorsy ones are in this family, right?

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