Tomorrow is the first of June and Doha’s Summer heat is in full swing. When we left our house this morning my truck temperature read 38 degrees celsius. The air conditioner is running on full blast, the middle muppet has finally given up his hoodie and almost every day after school the three muppets ask to go swimming.
With the hot weather comes more time spent indoors, the past few months the muppets and their friends have been used to having the run of the neighborhood. They can ride their scooters, play at the playground and climb the small trees we do have. Sometimes there is a game of capture the flag or basket ball to join in on and there is always some imaginative game going on with the girls across the street. The blast of heat now means that the muppets and their friends spend a lot more time in each others houses on iPads, PS3’s and watching television.
Over the weekend I was surprised when I didn’t find the older two muppets on the couch after breakfast but I playing lego in their bedroom and even more surprised when the light sabers and Jedi cloaks made an appearance later on in the day. I watched as the acted out scenes from the movies, made up their own battles and traded characters. I was happy to see that the three of them were using their imaginations and not just Minecraft zombies on my couch.
Today we returned from school and the three of them asked for some time to chill out and didn’t want to swim. The three of them took their places on the couches with their iPads and watched video’s for a good 45 minutes. I was about to suggest that they do something different when the oldest and youngest started a game of hockey. As I was making dinner I heard the game change, the oldest and youngest were talking about gathering supplies and I could hear them formulating a plan. The three muppets came to the dinner table and explained that they were planning on climbing Mount Everest and that they would need a hearty dinner before the climb. I smiled to myself and dished out the Mac and Cheese that I had whipped up. I came out of the kitchen after I had cleaned up from dinner to find they had turned my staircase in to a mountain with a base camp and everything. One of them was in charge of hunting the other making a fire and all three had their fuzzy jackets on. The dog and I just took our spots on the couch and watched as they ran around us fighting imaginary creatures and battling their way through the elements. I sometimes get concerned that all the technology in our life takes away from the kids imaginative play. At this point I think we are still doing alright, but I know as they get older the imaginative games will become fewer and they will become interested in other things.
So tonight I will get on my hiking gear to climb up “Mount Everest” to put the muppets to bed tonight, I will enjoy breaking up light saber fights that have gotten too heated and listen to what stories their little brains think up.