It has been torturously hot in Sacramento lately. The other day it was 116 degrees, and the weather channel keeps telling us it’s about to get even hotter.
And right now, the weather is bad enough that my two-year-old screams in instant agony every time she walks outside. Our bike rides have been suspended until it stops boiling our brains to even try. It’s still over 100 degrees by 9 PM.
So, the kids now have to hang out indoors, which means they’ve been really bored lately. Crawling up the walls bored, chewing the furniture like overwrought Afghan hounds bored…
Luckily, many experts say that boredom is a valuable part of childhood.
Why? They say it helps kids develop creativity, like how sensory deprivation tanks lead to hallucinations.
They’re right, because my four-year-old daughter Brontë has started teaching the cat to walk.
She said she was going to, last week, but I didn’t believe her. “Frodo,” she yelled. “COME HERE AND STAND UP ON YOUR BACK FEET!”
How cute, I thought, smiling and rolling my eyes.
But this morning, Brontë called me over, yelling, “WATCH THIS, MOMMY!”
She held up her hand and Frodo the cat popped up onto his back legs and stood there for a minute. I blinked a few times before asking her to do it again.
She did. She held her little hand over his head and he popped up like a curious meerkat as I scrambled to get a picture.
I can’t believe it. She’s actually pulling this off.
If this weather keeps up, we may see Frodo walking around the house soon. Maybe he’ll start wearing glasses and dishing out bowls of ice cream too. You never know.