When I was growing up, there was a new water toy called the Slip-N-Slide that you could set up in your own backyard for hours of fun during the summer. One of my neighborhood friends had a nice, flat yard which was the ultimate place for the long, yellow tarp filled with water for kids to slide across. We had so much fun back there until his parents discovered that we kids had turned their beautifully manicured lawn into a mud pit.
After that, we had to move the Slip N Slide to my backyard, which was not so lovingly cared for. My backyard was full of bumps and rocks. A trip down the Slip- N -Slide would leave me with dark purple bruises daily. But that didn’t stop me or my friends.
Recently, we bought a Slip-N-Slide while in Texas so our kids could have the same joy that I did when I was a child.
I didn’t account for the fire ant problem in my dad’s backyard or the random rocks and sticks there as well. I’d say the amount of fun the kids had just about equaled the amount of bruises and tears. Glad to see they get to experience some parts of a typical Texas childhood.