One of Michael's favorite past times is playing with water. He loves to get baths, to play in the sand and water table, the pool, the ocean, you name it. If it's water, it's fun.
Recently, I've been letting him play with water in the kitchen sink. He pulls up his step stool while I get a bucket and turn on the water. He likes to dump his little dinosaurs in the bucket and then use cups and a funnel to do whatever it is he's doing. He really enjoys this and has spent a great deal of time doing it.
Well, I got the water bill the other day. He manged to run up an additional five dollars on our monthly bill this past month.
My first reaction was that I need to stop him. What a waste of five dollars. But then I thought a little more about it. What did I get for that five dollars? I got a lot. First, I got a happy kid. Second, I got to prepare at least 10 dinners without having Michael interrupt me. Third, I even got several chances to just sit down and chill while he was happily absorbed in his water play.
My friends, I call that a bargain.
P.S. If you are tempted to mention that I'm allowing Michael to waste water, please research the amount of rain the Philly area has been getting lately. We are so drenched that I have mushrooms growing all over my front lawn!