Today we climbed a tree (and no one got hurt)
I say this — no one got hurt — because Zane is an adventure-prone kid. He’s not even ten and he’s:
- broken two arms (jumping out of a truck; rough-housing with me on a hammock of all places)
- hairline cracked a foot (Tae Kwon Do)
- smashed a testicle (recently, wrestling with a friend; the good news, he gets to keep it)
- bonked his head earlier today trying something new on a slide
- other sprains, strains, bruises, cuts, lacerations and stitches, too numerous to detail
Today we climbed a tree for fun and exercise. We’re inventing new ways to have physical fun now that the pool — the love of young Zane’s life — is out for the winter.
Last week we drove to the beach one afternoon after school and hiked down to the pier a mile or so away. Hurricane Sandy was passing, the surf was ferocious. We hunted down shells as waves swept tsunami-lite-style up the shoreline, skimmed stones (badly), added ramparts onto an abandoned sand fort — that were washed away within minutes.
He did homework in the car crazy happy on the way home.
The point is, exercise needn’t be deadening, it can be enlivening. Exercise can be adventure as much as it is effort.
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