The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
― E.E. Cummings
Cassidy has never wasted a day in her life.
Yesterday for the 4th we did all the usual patriotic things: we had burgers and shakes, we watched fireworks, we played in the water.
Not at the pool though; not this year, even though it has been hotter than it has any right to be for weeks now.
This year Jeff masterminded the DIY Slip N Slide, which I dubbed the redneck waterpark.
Apologies for the crappiness of the photos. It was high noon and sunshiney.
Cassidy decreed it “the coolest thing ever.” Every time she went down it, which was approximately eleventy billion times.
I just can’t help but be amazed by a kid who, when presented with a sheet of plastic on the side of a steep hill, says (in so many words), “Hellz yeah! Lemme get my bathing suit on so I can careen down that sucker headfirst!”
You know what I mean? Fearless. It takes my breath away.
The boys had a few goes too, but not with the same abandon.
Anyway, all you need to make your own redneck waterpark:
- one hill, the steeper the better (preferably not too rocky, it’s hard on the nips)
- one sheet of plastic; ours was 60 ft
- one hose; can be turned on just when someone is about to go down the slide, so it’s not terribly wasteful (especially compared to a pool or sprinkler)
- at least one kid with the imagination to see the possibility, who’s willing to take the plunge.