Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Ours being a double block, which is also flat, there are a lot of families with kids on it.
I said kids but what I really should have said was boys. There are a lot of BOYS on our block. Tons really. That is, of course, if one were to add up their collective weights. Those of us with boys in our family unit however, know that this would be next to impossible...since you could never get them to stand still long enough to get an accurate read on their weights in the first place.
They are always moving, these boys. Much like boys in every corner of the globe I assume.
And no where is that reality more evident than on our double sized block. There is one front yard in particular where they congregate to commence with their wilding and mayhem, boy style.
I have taken to calling it The Yard of the Flies.
On any given afternoon there are upwards of 10 boys of various ages who gather with swords and sticks and lightsabers and tennis rackets and any other household item that can be remotely imagined as a weapon, ready to participate in mock battle sequences and the like. Honest to goodness, yesterday one of them was wielding a chainsaw over his head chasing around the other kids cackling before catching up to a couple of unlucky fallen ones and pretending to cut their limbs off.
Okay, that WAS Lukas but in his defense it was only a toy chainsaw and he found it in on the house's porch. During all this madness I'm usually a safe distance away, guarding the signal fire.
Yes, these boys play like warriors a lot but it is certainly not all they do. They have also set up obstacle courses, played classics like tag & hide and seek, as well as climbed trees and demonstrated to each other their various skills in a wide range different activities like solving the newest rage The Perplexus maze ball. Lukas has one of those now too, and it's his new favorite toy.
This house is across the street, which is routinely busy, so up until recently we hadn't let Lukas partake in the wild rumpus and fun that takes place in The Yard of the Flies. Now though, we think he is old enough to account well enough for himself to join in - but only if he is still supervised by either myself or Mrs. LIAYF.
Oddly, on many days we are the only parents standing out there keeping an eye on the boys. The other parents are watching from the relative safety of their houses. Perhaps we are a teeeesy bit overprotective of him but he is still our first and only child. Plus I did mention the battles, didn't I?
It may sound crazy and at times dangerous and not for the feint of heart, but in actuality these are all very good boys from good families who are outside playing and making friends and using their imaginations and getting much needed exercise for kids their age. I am especially impressed with the older boys, some closing in on their teens, who treat the younger ones like Lukas with a measure of gentleness.
Best of all, during all this imaginative play these boys are not sitting in front of screens munching on chips and drinking soda. And that's a pretty good thing in my book.
I just hope they don't all decide to turn on me one of these days.
How about you readers? Do you have a Yard of the Flies where you live?
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 8:52 PM