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rainy-day-paradeHer cousin was visiting as the summer rains began. Everyday was a "pool" day until awaking and peering out: more rain. Young girls have big hopes for a week with their cousin. Hers were not coming true. It was taken in stride with optional activities until the last day. Bathing suits still dry and two girls dying from the "want-tos" to wet them. Mom to the rescue: "Okay girls time to suit up." With gleeful smiles and giggles, they ran to accommodate. Dolls in arms, they arrived the master bath jacuzzi. It was well equipped with bubbles, shaving cream, wafting tunes and water toys. It had been a rainy week, but their wishes were granted — pool time, with the jets an added bonus. Their very own indoor hot tub! As rain pelted the window, they were content in a haven uniquely designed; a wonderful adaptation.

Rainy days in summer somehow seem unexpected. Yet, quite often rains descend and dash hopes. Predetermine rainy day outlooks by adjusting with Plan B. With an aligned attitude, ingenuity and the internet, rainy days hold as much promise as the sunniest days.

How about a rainy day parade? Gather all the rain gear and call neighbors and friends. Produce an impromptu parade through the "hood" or meet at a local park or street. Use the brightest umbrellas, bathing suits or slickers, galoshes or flip flops. How about kazoos or fun songs? By all means, now is the time for some "Singing in the Rain." Pause the parade, to do some "Follow the Leader" dance steps. Knock on some neighbors' doors and give them the joy of parade-watching, or try mid-summer caroling, singing any familiar song. Anybody want to choreograph umbrella routines? Perhaps the kids could work on that in the basement or garage before the parade. What fun for any observer!

For the older set: sports tournament (drenched). Throw up the badminton or volleyball set. Play soccer croquet, Frisbee, kickball, baseball or Wiffleball in the rain. Don't forget swinging, hopscotch, hide and seek or treasure hunts.

As always, check the local weather before venturing out into the elements, negating any possibility of storms or lightning in the area. There are literally tons of indoor activities online. Smart parents will hunt up a few and have materials on hand for the next drippy morning.

Every child needs to feel raindrops on their face, head and tongue, squish mud between toes and form mud-pies. Everyone needs the experience of the unexpected; dancing and singing in the rain. Rain is the opportunity to step outside the norm and look at life through different lenses. As rain pelts the earth, welcome the drops and celebrate!

Elaine Stone, mother of three, lives in Spotsylvania. Write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.