We live in Oklahoma. Most winters our cold days just come and go. However, this year it has been cold, day after day after day. We live in a quiet little neighborhood that is lucky enough to have a nice trail to walk/jog on, and it has a bridge with a creek running under it. It never entered my mind the need to talk to the kids about playing on frozen bodies of water. Well, Wednesday the girls and I headed off to church around 4:30 to attend our monthly ladies meeting. I left Asa at home with Sam as they would be heading to the church to join us in a couple of hours. (Asa has a group of kids he hangs out with in the neighborhood. He is now a teen and we are having a lot of fun.) Anyhow, with all that said, Thursday, Asa and I were driving down the road and he says with great excitement, "Mom, my friends and I did the coolest thing yesterday while you were at church!" He was so excited to tell me all about this great adventure he had! haha He went on, "We went ice skating on the lake!" "What?" I exclaimed! "Yeah, we went ice skating on the lake!" "What lake?" I asked. "Oh, the creek I mean, the one behind the house." "Have you lost your mind, that is crazy, I thought you knew better than that?" I said with frustration. "It was safe mom, no one got hurt." "How do you know it was safe?" I asked. "We threw a big rock over the bridge and it just chipped a little ice, but the ice did not crack so we knew it would not brake." "Asa, do you realize some areas of a lake or creek might be safe but others are not and there is no way for you to know where the weak spots are." I told him. We had a long conversation about this and how it is never safe. Sam and I found a video on youtube for him to watch that explained the dangers of playing on ice. I'm not sure that he is convinced but at least he can't ever say that I did not warn him. I don't know whether to sigh "BOYS!" or "TEENAGERS!" (side note: I am a helicopter mom and will say, the creek behind the house is not real deep. It just worried me that Asa really had himself convinced that playing on the icy creek is safe. This opened my eyes to a lot of things I need to make my kids aware of. I guess I just assume things are common sense and they know.)
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