The problem is, I have an active three-year-old who loves to play outside. She's gotten to know some neighbor kids, and I'll be honest--she hasn't gotten to play with them nearly as much as she should. The Engineer and I are trying to change that.
So today, we walked out the door, where other kids were playing on our cul-de-sac. I sat in a lawn chair and chatted with moms and dads. (The Engineer is fighting off a sinus infection, so he got a lot of much-needed relaxation inside.)
For introverts like me, prioritizing friendships is hard. But when I've taken Chickie out to play recently, I've gotten to know my neighbors just a little better. I've been reminded how important that is. I've found out about stay-at-home moms I didn't even know about, right there on my street--moms I can go to in the middle of the day if I need something. Today I got encouraging words about Chickie's ongoing potty training struggles from a mom who's "been there/done that."
Seeing Chickie getting sidewalk chalk all over her clothes, racing with other kids, and building friendships--that brings me joy. As does watching my social little Zoodle, building his fan club as he charms the adults. Zoodle even reached an important milestone while we were outside today--but more on that tomorrow.
All in all...I've been having fun outside. (Wow!)
For me, sitting inside the comfort of my home, being introverted, will always be an important part of recharging my batteries. But it's good to be reminded that the "great outdoors" really is a great place to be.