Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Backyard Golf

Atticus has developed a new favorite activity this summer.  For some reason it reminds me of croquet, although I've never seen anyone swing a croquet mallet that hard. 

Is it mallets that they play with in croquet?  Clubs?  The sum total of my croquet knowledge comes from the movie Summer Magic.

Maybe it's more a mix of croquet and golf.  Although I do know that it's clubs they use in golf, not mallets.  Or rakes, like our boy does. 

He prefers the kind of child's rake that is designed more for the building of sand castles, although he'll use Adelaide's Dora the Explorer gardening rake when he gets desperate. 

Here's how it works.  He drops a plastic golf ball (or any ball of similar size) down into the grass of our backyard.  Then he winds up, takes a mighty swing, and whacks the stuffing out of that ball.  Sometimes it just skitters a few feet across the grass, but usually it travels in a nice arc through the air and lands a short distance away.  Then he goes to where it landed, bends over, and whacks the crap out of it again.  Over and over and over.  His own version of golf, or croquet.

Caedmon prefers to watch from the safety of the deck.

He's learned not to approach his brother when he has a weapon in hand.

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