It is 10pm and my son is running through the neighbor’s sprinkler…

by Janice

“Well that’s what happens when there are sprinklers…” Jackson explained to me.

I know – I am crazy. Who has their four year old outside, dashing through sprinklers at that hour?

I did tonight.

But I just couldn’t resist. I love summer nights. After a hot day, it feels so good as the cool air moves in. Tanks tops and shorts at 10 pm and the temperature is just right. It reminds me of walking home from the movie theater with my friends when I was a teenager. (I can recall us running through a few sprinklers ourselves.)

I didn’t mean for us to be out so far past Jackson’s bedtime. But tonight I just wasn’t in a hurry. We went for a walk to Susan’s house after dinner and played outside with Julia, another little night owl. After bathing the kids, I noticed the time. Oops, we are running more than a little late this time.

But it was perfect timing for our walk home. The sun had gone down and it was the last 20 minutes of daylight. The night was so beautiful and my son and I had a wonderful time on our way home, Jackson soaking himself in the sprinklers and me hoping he wasn’t waking up the neighbors.

I hope he remembers it – I know I will.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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