Rainy Days

Responding to Denise’s Six Sentence Story using the prompt word ‘ RESISTANCE ‘ https://girlieontheedge1.wordpress.com/2020/10/04/sundays-six-sentence-story-word-prompt-128/

” Resistance is futile you will be eliminated, exterminate, exterminate, ” I screamed, as I chased the grandchildren around the house pelting them with socks, ducking to avoid the barrage of socks I received in return.

I was channeling my inner Dalek, bad guys from the planet Skaro, perennial enemies of the Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who travelled through time and space in his ship The Tardis, otherwise known as The Doctor (Doctor Who).

So hard to know what to do with the pent up energy of young grandchildren, under your care, on a dismal rainy day, so I raided the sock drawers of all the bedrooms and divided the spoils equally, for the battle to come.

On rainy days when they were 2-4 years old, I would take them outside dressed appropriately for the weather, and they would spend hours catching the water flowing from the drain pipes into their beach buckets and tipping the contents into a larger container, after we would search for the largest puddles to jump in and create tidal waves.

When they were 5-8 years old, dressed in splash pants and rain gear, they would ride their scooters, coasting through puddles, competing to cross the puddle in one swoop without resorting to leg power.

From my experience it is always best to distract young grandchildren with physical activity, to work off their energy, rather than have them arguing and bickering between themselves; anyone up for a sock battle.

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Born Stepney, London, England. Emigrated to Canada. Married, two children, six grandchildren. Retired. Conservative and cultural catholic. LOVE soccer. Tottenham Hotspur. Read historical and fantasy fiction..

36 thoughts on “Rainy Days

  1. You sir are a kid’s dream grandparent! (or any other adult relative, lol)
    To engage in imaginative and physical play like that, you no doubt were the favorite grandpa. Wonderful memories for all 😀

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  2. What the hell! How is it that I wasn’t aware of sock fights?!! lol (and I am referring to the disgraceful lack of imagination at the age of childhood or, even ‘adult’ hood)
    So, fun Six and thanks for the idea!

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  3. Oh how blessed you are to have grandchildren. I hope to some day. And you are equally blessed to have rainy days (not many of those here in CA where I live.) It did my heart good to just have this picture of you “entertaining the troops”. Thanks for that. Enjoy every minute, Jane

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    1. Ha, ha, Susan. Have to wait a little time for that. Tottenham plays West Ham in another week, I can’t wait. Both teams are doing well after a shaky start. Trust Martin will be glued to the TV.

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  4. I remember running around a mobile home on holiday, hitting my kid sister over the head repeatedly with a wooden hanger because she had been irritating me. A sock fight would have been much softer and much more fun, me thinks! 🤣

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  5. Woah, a six about Daleks and the Doctor! (and sock fights), I’m in play heaven 🙂 Brilliant excellent fun. You know, what I love about Doctor Who is how it has spanned the generations since the early 60s and delighted kids and adults to the present day. Although at times terrifying, it’s essential message is of good over evil, and promoting inclusion and non violence. As a toy collector I have many Daleks and the Doctor and his companions and enemies figurines. Pretty addcitive as there are so many to choose from.

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    1. I have loved Doctor Who from the first episode. I started watching it in 1963 and had to compete with horse racing from Chepstow( or some other track). My father had the last word on the TV. I have started watching it again from the very beginning on BritBox and although it’s in black and white and the visuals by today’s standards are pretty mundane, the characters and story arc are still compelling. I hadn’t realized that the Daleks were introduced in only the second storyline in the first series in 1963. Interesting how the Daleks and the Doctor have both been interpreted so well over the years.

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      1. I also went back and watched a ton of the original DW. My favourite from those eras is Jon Pertwee, but it was Tom Baker the Doctor I grew up with as a kid, so he’ll always have a special place.
        Have you seen the biographical film ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ with David Bradley playing William Hartnell? It covers the DW BBC origins, and is well, well, well worth the watch.

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