Rainy Day Mama

October 1, 2010

I meant to post this yesterday, while the sky was laying siege with its seemingly endless downpour of rain, but I ran into a problem — one that I like to call Rainy Day Paralysis, or RDP.   RDP sufferers like myself undergo a partial systemic shutdown whenever the weather brings any precipitation more severe than a slight mist.  Our brains continue to produce thoughts and ideas, but our bodies and spirits are unable to put them into action, doomed to stay indoors, eyes glazed, waiting for dryer days to come and our lives to resume.  Hence, the lack of timeliness of this post.

For mamas, RDP is especially tragic, because most children experience the opposite phenomenon.  Rain is rough on kids, especially ones (like mine) who need large amounts of gross motor activity each day to avoid bouncing off the walls.  School days without playground time are killer — by mid-afternoon, the kids are twitching like caged animals, wild-eyed, waiting to break free, and when bedtime finally comes, there is no rest for the non-weary … without outdoor time, it’s like the day barely happened at all.   

Things got bad for us last fall with a prolonged stretch of rain that left us so desperate we ended up in the glassed-in hallway of the Triphammer Mall (the one with Jo-Ann Fabrics) on a Sunday evening, letting the kids run up and down the indoor sidewalk until they’d used up a week’s worth of pent-up energy.  The few people around thought we were insane, but it didn’t matter — it was the only thing left we could think to do, and I stand by it to this day.

Still, there’s got to be a better way.  How does your family handle the rain?  How do you keep your wee ones from going stir crazy?  Do you have kids who can just curl up with a good book and be happy all afternoon?  If so, can I interest you in a swap?  Kidding, kidding… at least for now.  The sun is supposed to come out tomorrow.

-Meryl at the Goose

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3 Responses to “Rainy Day Mama”

  1. Asha Says:

    The ball room at the Y may be our saving grace this winter now that Ruby’s finally three so she and Hazel can go together. And I can finally get some regular exercise myself with a minimum of guilt. I also get squirrelly and cranky without enough chance to work some energy off. We’re on week two of three days a week and everyone is much, much better.

  2. lew Says:

    Farmers Market on weekdays is one of our favorites. Plenty of running and biking space under the covered market!

  3. Sandra Sorensen Says:

    YMCA for us as well.

    Sometimes I just put on their rain boots and make them run around the yard in the rain. They get cold, muddy and wet, then end up in the bath. It is well worth the extra load of laundry! Usually the entire run around/bath takes about 2 hours. Then we watch a movie and have some popcorn! That’s an entire afternoon.


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