On Tuesday, Zippy announced that he wanted to set up his tent so he could pretend to have camp-out. “Sure,” I replied – thinking he meant indoors. No, no. He wanted to set up the tent outside. Sure, it was sunny out, but it was 40 degrees. Even for a Yankee like me, that’s a little cold for just hanging outside when we could just as easily be camping out in the comfort of our living room. I started to explain why he couldn’t set up his tent outside (i.e., why I didn’t want to set up his tent outside) and then I stopped myself. Really, why not? So out we went. And I’m so glad. Because, how sweet is this?
Zippy grabbed his two sleeping bags and carried a pile of books out to the tent. In the spirit of big-brotherliness, he even let Bee choose which sleeping bag he wanted to use and picked some books his little brother would like. I cracked open the kitchen window and let them stay outside while I made lunch. I listened to the giggling and chatter coming from the tent. Lovely. Remind me to say “Yes” more often.