Towards the time of Chanukah/Christmas gift buying last year, you started speaking about a tent as a gift, and wanting to go camping. My camping days are over, and these days, I like my amenities close at hand (ablutions, wifi, kettle etc). Still, I thought a tent could be something cool – for sleepovers in our garden, and camping elsewhere with other people (disclaimer: not me) when the time, place and company are right.
So, I found a tent on Takealot, which we opened up on the evening on January 1, and which Andrew successfully put up in the garden. Despite having watched the YouTube video on how to put up the tent in less than a minute, I still haven’t mastered the act, but here’s hoping I’ll get better at it.
You were so determined to sleep in it that night, and I made a few excuses why we could’t. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: “It looks like rain is coming. Let’s wait for another night”.
You: “But the tent is waterproof and will protect us”.
Me: “Yes, but we don’t have mattresses so our backs will get sore”.
You: “Our sleeping bags will be comfortable”.
Me: “But what about mosquitoes? What if there are fireworks that wake us up?”
And then I realised how silly I was being, and how cool it would actually be to get out of my Sealy Posturepedic comfort zone, and have a sleep out with you. Truthfully, I was quite excited, and I think it’s one of the reasons I loved the idea of giving you the tent.
So, we laid out sleeping bags, took in a lamp, and drank hot chocolate and ate sweets (delivered so kindly by Andrew). I surprisingly fell asleep quickly, and was woken about an hour later to the sound of rain pelting on our tent. I panicked, and was about to abandon ship (tent), but realised how much wetter we would have gotten heading back into the tent, and how dry and comfortable we were already.
The next thing I knew, I was waking up to my alarm to go running, and I was a little upset that it was over (how cool would it have been to read, played a game, and eat breakfast in our new abode)?
But I think we’ve just started something cool, and as I write this, I’ve also just arranged a tent sleepover for you and Jonathan tonight. I suspect the tent will be the foundation for many cuddles, laughs, late nights, feasts and fun, and will offer just a tiny bit of “getting back to nature”, in our little garden with its many flowers, bushes and shrubs.
Thanks for the fun,
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