15 June 2012
Summer! As the bright sunlight streams into our home in the early morning and I am forced out of bed by one of my insanely early waking kids, my brain screams 'SUMMER!' If I was a cartoon character, the bubble over my head would be complete with a light bulb icon and exclamation point of excitement.
Last summer (our first in Tbilisi) was riddled with daily water outages. This year, it's a different story. Over the course of the last year, we've had a water tank installed and are now self-sufficient-- regardless of what the city does related to water outages. And, we're making up for lost time and taking full advantage of a steady water flow. The season has just begun and, already, buckets upon buckets of water balloons have been filled and thrown and splashed and smashed. And, as temperatures increase, my suspicion is that there will be many more buckets filled.
(For those of you who want to make the balloons last a bit longer-- and not have to fill balloons every three minutes-- use regular balloons. Skip the traditional balloons sold in a package labelled 'water balloons' and instead just buy the thicker latex balloons, fill them up about 1/4 of the way, tie them off and the kids will be able to drop them repeatedly. Wink-- you can thank me later as you sit sipping a cold beverage instead of constantly filling up balloons for your crazed, sun drenched, water splashed summer little bohemians. Have fun!)