Today, for the first time, I got to experience the highlight of Alex’s week: Outdoor Games. A group of about twenty homeschooled kids meets every Wednesday in the park to play games like kickball, capture the flag, dodgeball, flag football, and anything else that can be played in a big field with very little equipment. Usually our nanny takes the kids there. Today she had an exam, and I got to go along for what turned out to be a very significant episode of Outdoor Games. Alex wanted to explain why in her own words.
First I’ll tell you how I got a bloody nose:
In the first game of Capture the Flag, Callinda was on the other team. She was trying to sneak in, and she was in the woods behind the flag, inside the ditch. I was going around to try to see if I could find her and tag her. (She couldn’t tag me because it was our territory.) I was trying to get in, and I saw poison ivy in one place, so I went to another place. I started brushing away the twigs. I didn’t see one, and it went up my nose. It hurt so much that I felt like I would burst! I didn’t know it was bleeding – I just thought it was hurting, and I was holding it with my glove. Then I saw blood on my glove. My best friend Alex (we come in a deluxe package) knew immediately that someone was hurt. I went to Mom. I thought about going home, but after a few minutes I decided to go back in.
In the second game, some of our best players were captured, but I managed to capture one of the other team’s best players – Percy. (He’s the best player at everything.) Ten minutes later, Ian had gotten out of jail, and he got the other team’s flag! He was almost to the border and we had almost won, when he got tagged! So the flag had to be left at the place where it had been when he got tagged. That was a foot from the border, so I went over and grabbed the flag! I just dashed out, grabbed the flag, and dashed back in. And to think, I’ve still got the flag now! (See picture.)
(Yes, the flag was a torn paper bag from Trader Joe’s. It’s still a priceless treasure. She was SO EXCITED to have gotten the flag for her team.)