Anna June knows great ways to beat the summer heat.
One of them is tossing water balloons.
Even though adults may find filling balloons and then having to pick up their pieces from the ground tedious, AJ thinks it is fun.
On Sunday, July 5, we set out to drench each other at home for free instead of chancing the cloudy skies to go to the water park.
AJ meticulously filled up her balloon pump tank and went to work all by herself. I sat in a chair to blow some bubbles and watch. She filled several balloons before running out of water. When she went to refill it, the handle broke.
We tried to fill them up in the sink, the traditional way, but that did not work well. We found the tip adapter for the hose and went back outdoors to fill a couple of buckets of balloons.
Maybe because they'd been sitting in the shed so long they were more fragile (i.e., kind of dry-rotted). Maybe because she is seven she didn't have the dexterity needed. Maybe because they are made to break easily that so many of them broke - it wouldn't be a water balloon fight if no water came out. But the filling of the balloons took an exceptionally long time.
Eventually, we were at this point.
I hope she grows up to remember her parents let her have fun sometimes.
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