A Roll in the Park and the reaction of bystanders

We went to the park the other day, right before a Boy Scout meeting.

¬†I thought it would be a great way to burn off some energy.¬† The kids¬†put on their helmets and rollerblades and started down the path…

They got a little ahead of me – and when I caught up to them – they were halfway up this “mountain”.


There was an older couple that stopped to watch the kids playing.

The man thought the kids were hilarious and he kept laughing… the woman, on the other hand, kept giving me dirty looks of disapproval.¬† She was so disgusted with my children and I that she huffed¬†away, leaving the man behind (who, by the way, stayed until¬†after the children rolled down the hill and then¬†gave the kids a round of applause).

I¬†was surprised by the¬†diverse reactions of these two people.¬† I felt the woman judged me quite harshly as I was only allowing my children the freedom to play and explore a hillside… they even had helmets on!

By the time they all had finished rolling down the hill, all four children were filthy!! and Simone had a giant hole in the back of her jeans!!


We did a quick dusting off of the clothes and did an impromptu trip to GoodWill where Simone got a very stylish pair of turquoise Lucky Brand jeans for $2

And Eddie had a great time at the Boy Scout Meeting where became an official Scout!


4 thoughts on “A Roll in the Park and the reaction of bystanders

  1. Congrats Eddie! I think it’s wonderful that you allow your kids the freedom to explore. I find that women, especially older women are the ones that tend to have a harsher opinion. Once during a particularly hot summer rain, I allowed my kids to play in the rain. That of course turned into a “mud fest”. We were at the public park, and numerous people watched and pointed. No one commented, but I wouldn’t have cared if they had. In the end my kids were covered from head to toe in thick mud, but they have memories that will last a lifetime.

    Great pictures, thank you for sharing.

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    • What a fun rainy adventure!! I’m not sure what it is that makes some people so squirmish concerning dirt LOL! My kids haven’t stopped talking about mountain and desperately want to go back!! Thanks for reading and taking the time to share your muddy experience ūüėä


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