Sometimes, boys just need to do boy-things.
The other night, The Professor set up the tent in the back yard. This tends to be a last minute decision, because a variety of variables have to be just right. The right over night temperatures, no early morning activities to get up for, and no one can be overly tired or grumpy. And last Saturday all the right conditions converged to make it a good night for sleeping in the tent. Little Man is an expert tent sleeper. He knows how to snuggle down into his sleeping bag, and its a normal enough thing he isn’t crazy wound up about it. Mr Wigglesworth is not there yet. The tent is still a new and exciting thing for him, and he’s never slept in a sleeping bag before.
So, The Professor took him out to spend a bit of time in the tent in the afternoon, giving Mr Wigglesworth time to just experience the tent. That night, The Professor and Little Man camped out in the back yard.
All of us enjoy playing games. Most often Little Man and I will play a board game or card game. Even Mr Wiggleworth loves rolling dice and playing cards, but he isn’t great at following rules yet. In the past year, The Professor has introduced Little Man to a role-playing game called Pathfinder. Most people know this game as “Dungeons and Dragons” or “DND”. You gotta be able to count, read and add/subtract. There are fights and battles, and times to negotiate. Little Man isn’t great at the negotiation part, but he is better than he used to be. Over the past few sessions, they have been planning out a defense strategy against a horde of attacking goblins. Little Man did all the designing, The Professor only made a few modification suggestions and recommended drawing out a map. Even though Mr Wigglesworth isn’t quite ready to play, he wants in on the action. So, he “writes”, ’cause you know… that’s what you do.
Of course, to most people, when they learn the game…
And, when boys just need to do boy-things… Mom gets some time off. Bring it on!