I have a funny story to share with you from several years ago when the kids were much younger. We were having a birthday party at the house. Our good friends had lent us their huge water slide to use for party entertainment as long as we could fix it. Pete worked diligently mending the hole, getting the squirter to work and setting up the slide. We had so much fun the night before the party "testing it out."
The next day was beautiful and sunny until thirty minutes before the party when it began to rain. We kept our hopes up that the showers would pass while playing inside. The kids had fun running all through the house and dragging every single forgotten toy out from some inconspicuous spot that must have been very conspicuous to kids. Parents and siblings hung out and chatted with one another as we munched on pizza and drank Capri Sun. I was glued to The Weather Channel praying for sunshine.
Suddenly I noticed a ruckus over by Jake's small puppy kennel. I walked over to see what was going on and discovered a toddler in the dog kennel! He was the cutest boy, too; he had a mop of curly red hair and deep blue eyes, and was about two. The father was calling his son to come out of the kennel, but the little boy wouldn't move. Well, we soon found out he couldn't move. Pete had to take the kennel apart so the poor thing could get out. The toddler did not seem to mind, though. I think he felt pretty safe in there from the crazy big kids running amok.
After that everyone decided to tackle the rain and play on the water slide. It was only sprinkling by then so the children were able to spend the remainder of the party outside, which I was very happy about. Everyone had a good time and we filed it away as a happy childhood memory.
The reason I am telling you this story is because of something that happened today. We were coming out of the library tonight when we noticed a father with two kids going inside.
Pete recognized them and said, "Last time I saw you, you were stuck in our dog kennel."
Guess what? Wrong family. We do know the family, but from somewhere else. I laughed all the way home.