The weather has been warming up this last week. By warming up I mean it’s up around 10° during the day. After school today Asher & Chancery went out to play. A short time later the front door opened & Asher asked, “Mum, is it ok if Chancery & I go on an explore all around? We’ll just be gone for about 30, or 20 minutes.”
I gave them clear boundaries of where they needed to stay in the neighbourhood, & with strict instructions to stay together they were ready for adventure.
A little while later Asher came in the house, “Look what I found, Mum! Someone lost this key! It’s all muddy, can you clean it for me? I found it in the neighbour’s yard! Where the cat lives! It was just under a rock! Someone must have lost it!”
With strict instructions to put it back exactly where he found it & to stop digging in other people’s yards, he was off again, to find more adventure.
When the kids came back a little while later, Chancery told me that she found a tennis racket on someone’s lawn, but she left it there, even though she really wanted to play with it.
I love that we live in a neighbourhood that is safe enough for the kids to be able to wander freely in (within reason). I remember having a lot of fun roaming around with my friends in my neighbourhood when I was younger, & I think it’s an important part of growing up & becoming independent. Hopefully the kids remember to respect other people’s property & leave it alone!