When I walk with little boys, I learn all sorts of things.
* Every stick is a light saber, equipping them for battle.
* Tiny berries make good bombs to throw, even if you do have to help them explode by stomping on them.
* Shady bushes along the path are monsters waiting to attack us as we pass by.
* Mud puddles have a strong magnetic attraction to boys.
* Engineers make tunnels just so little boys can experiment with echoing sounds.
* Cows and little boys can stare at each other for a long time.
* The most exciting things to see on walks are football fields, bugs, and “real, live helicopters.”
* LIghtening bugs don’t live very long in the hands of a 3-year-old.
* It’s really fun to show off you can pee anywhere standing up.
* Monkey bars also have a strong magnetic attraction to boys
* When walking with boys, forget the 15-minute mile and go for the 45-minute mile.
* Barbed wire and electric fences don’t scare boys.
* It’s really fun to scream “Ooh! Stinky poop!” when you get close cows.
* Not only good for light sabers, sticks also make fine swords and guns and javelins.
* Every leaf, bug, stick, stone, and patch of dirt is an opportunity for adventure and in-depth exploring.
So don’t plan for a power-walk. With little boys, you need all your power to keep them on the trail. But if you do want a little boy to hurry, make sure to have another little boy along so they can race and prove they are strong and fast.