The first was that you can get free work out of almost any preteen by promising them an opportunity to light something on fire. Raking leaves and picking up sticks just isn’t appealing when you stuff them into garbage bags. But pile them up and throw a match in there, and kids forget all about child labor laws.
It’s good to pay people in marshmallows and hot dogs.
Another spot of good news was the annual post-winter vehicle clean out. The Exlporer usually gets cleaned out more than once a year, but there’s always something about that first spring day when it’s warm enough to take everything out from floormats to visors.
This year’s cleanout netted $8.62 in change between the crack in the driver’s seat and console, half a pack of M&Ms, a Netflix movie I meant to send back around Christmas and a pair of my daughter’s socks. Unfortunately, she outgrew the socks around October.
This weekend also served as a reminder that, if summer has made an early entrance, it’s best not to look at people below the waist for the next three to six weeks. Temporary blindness from “winter legs” could occur.