Tonawanda News —
I long for the days of muddy footprints being tracked through the house as dogs and humans alike contend with a soppy yard and rain-soaked early spring months.
I count the minutes until conditions outside will allow me to begin the monotonous can returns, clothes donations and other spring cleaning chores.
To be able to simply open the back door and let Penny and Rigby run into the yard and wear themselves out seems like a fantasy, at this point, about on the level of winning the lottery. I realize that most winters are pretty much like this in actuality, but something about this season has just made the unbearable weather seem especially interminable.
That could be because the kids are much taller this winter. And their taking up more space leaves less space for the rest of us. Who end up therefore taking a lot more elbows in uncomfortable places when the kids roughhouse.
It might be due to the fact that they’re getting into older kids’ shows now And as bad as “Barney” was, “Fred” and “The Thundermans” are hardly a picnic, either.
Or it could result from Rigby, even though he has about two-thirds of his “Lego Batman” game left to play through, insists on playing the same level when you play with him every single day. Three or four times a day. I mean, how many times do you need to defeat The Riddler?!
Anyway, hopefully we’re taking steps toward our outdoors freedom by the time you read this.
Penny and Rigby will benefit (aside from the health benefits of exercise) by playing tee-ball, soccer and whatever else they conjure up. And Mommy and I can get some satisfaction from no longer having to stare at the same four walls we’ve looked at, seen get drawn on and scrubbed clean on a near-daily basis.