The 15 Minute Downpour

There are so many things you can do in a sudden downpour:

You can run to the left…


You can run to the right…


 You can find a puddle…


And swim in it.


 Upon seeing this, others will join you…


 In glee.

If I wasn’t taking pictures I’d be right there with her.

But not in my bathing suit, that might be just a little too much for the neighbors.


 Uh-oh, car.  Out of the road–out of the road!



 It only takes one car passing for them to realize they’ve just missed a golden opportunity.


Quick, here comes another one!


AAAAnnd, our fate as the weird family on the block is officially sealed.

But wait, what-ho?

Across the street, what’s this I spy?


It’s the little French boy across the street, Pierre!

His mom is actually letting him come out and play with the weird English kids.


He’s not sure what to do at first–the language barrier and all…

but playing in the rain transcends all boundaries, everyone around the world can understand this next move–


Un, Deux, Trois!

Maybe he wasn’t ready.  One more time–






I missed the Trois.

It’s strangely unsatisfying.

I got leprechaun jumps instead.


Sawyer, it’s time for your push-ups over a puddle.


He’s copying his brother.

But then his brother did something that nobody else could do.  Or would want to do…


Snake push-ups.

What is a snake push-up?


But you might wish you hadn’t.


It’s like that scene in Hulk, when the bad guy starts turning into the anti-hero.

Snap out of it, Greyson, snap out of it!


Ah.  Just in time.  A Leprechaun jump comes to the rescue. There’s the boy I know and love!

The rain petered out, but the fun did not.

Oh, to be young and carefree and full of Leprechaun jumps.

I’d need my special ortho-corrective shoes for that.

Not a pretty picture.

Just know–

I’m jumping on the inside.

7 Responses to The 15 Minute Downpour
  1. Mindee@ourfrontdoor
    August 18, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Oh my goodness – the joy! You really only get that in childhood, don’t you?

    I love that you’re the weird family on the block. 🙂

  2. Cece
    August 18, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    LOVED this! Had to share it on my FB page!

  3. cynthia
    August 19, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    what wonderful pictures you caught of this fun, fun episode! some fun trivia: the “leprechaun jump” are really called a cabriole. it’s french! no kidding.

    seriously, the last cabriole shot was the big prize for enduring the snake push up pictures. lol

  4. Katie B
    August 24, 2011 | 11:06 pm

    I had to stop over to see you after you found me and I’m glad I did! The rain picture remind me of once during a summer storm, my 3 siblings and I would take turns sliding down the ditches by the dirt road. There was so much rain it was our own personal water slide.

    • Missy Jill
      August 26, 2011 | 9:04 am

      We did that once, into a river! It was sooo fun. Never mind that we could have been swept away forever…we were young and free, and stupid.

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