By: Shannon Ralph
It’s official. Spring has arrived, and it’s here to stay. The days are getting longer. Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. The sun shines high in a crystal blue sky. Joggers are shaking off the winter doldrums and hitting the lakeside trails in shorts that probably should have been outlawed in 1972. Bikers are once again obstructing traffic on busy thoroughfares throughout the city. Pale skin that has not seen the light of day for six long months is suddenly on display en masse beneath too itsy-bitsy, too teeny-weenie, yellow, polka dot bikinis.
In short, all is well with the world once again.
Yesterday, in a moment of Spring-induced euphoria, I threw open my living room windows to bask in the glory of a beautiful morning. As I inhaled that heady floral aroma that only exists on certain perfect May days, a painful screech emanated from behind me—like the wail of cat that unsuspectedly falls into a bathtub. Surprised and a wee bit terrified, I turned to find a flock of vampires occupying my couch. I screamed. I clumsily tried to escape out the much-too-small-for-my-ample-butt window. Then I squinted. These particular vampires looked vaguely familiar.
Wait a second…
Three pale, pasty children—MY children—lay on the sofa, contorted into awkward fetal positions clutching their iPads and Kindles in skinny, translucent hands. They weren’t vampires, after all. They were simply Minnesotans after a long winter. Huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
I immediately knew what I had to do. I needed to get these people some vitamin D. Stat!
But how does one go about coaxing winter-weary vampiric children out into the sunlight once spring has sprung? How does one pry beloved electronics from their stone-cold death grips? What is a mother to do with three outdoors-adverse children in desperate need of sunshine?
Luckily, the opportunities for springtime fun with children are endless. Below are some ideas that may just come in handy as you drag your own little vampires into the light of day.
Photo Credit: Lauren Hammond
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