It sounds crazy when I actually write it out, but for the first time today my kids went out and played in the yard alone. Without me sitting on the steps with a book or magazine or on the enclosed porch with the door open.
We sat in the dining room talking with friends after brunch, turning around every once in a while to look out the window and make sure they were still there. And... They were.
You see, I'm not afraid someone is going to come into the yard and take them. We live in the city, but on a somewhat secluded corner lot. Bordered by two streets. Two streets I am just beginning to trust my children not to wander into.
So today was the first step.
They didn't last too long. They were soon calling for us to come and join them. And to fix the pulley system, since The Dad, in building it, had not anticipated that they would try to fit a child into the basket.
They pulley is the latest addition to The Fort. Now with a second story and recycled slide. Hours of fun, I tell you... Hours of fun...