A couple of summers ago, Kevin showed the boys the wonder of a magnifying glass in the summer sun. I believe he scorched a couple of ants, caught something on fire, and made a mark on his own hand. They never really have tried to do any of it on their own...until today.
It was a beautiful day outside, almost springlike. The boys did their Saturday chores, then played outside ALL DAY! It was great. At lunch time, I tried and tried to yell for them, and get them to come home but they couldn't hear me. Kevin has a special whistle for them, and it carries a long distance, but I cannot whistle the way he does. Finally nature called, and David had to come home. I looked out the window to see he and Nathan walking across the field carrying sticks. It was so cute to me. I tucked that one away in my memory bank. The older boys came in about 30 minutes later, grabbed their sandwiches and juice and went back outside. I never saw them again until dinner time.
They all came in just full of energy and excited. Of course they all start talking at once about their adventures, and someone says, "Joey burned Derek's bum! And Derek burned Joey's bum too!" Yes they did. They took the magnifying glass, and the other bent over very still, while the sun began to do it's work. Amazing. It works every time! Derek was describing to me what it felt like. At first he said, you couldn't feel anything, then it would get a little warmer, a little MORE warmer, then YYYYOOOOUUUUCCHHHH! I just shook my head, crazy boys! I can just see them trying that one! Joey had found a pair of gloves, put them on, and burned a whole in each one, I'm surprised they didn't catch the woods on fire! It's great having boys, they're so creative too. I am always amazed at the things they come up with and attempt...things that I would never have tried.