The idea came to Henry and I as we puttered through Crawford County Saturday afternoon on our way home from Holiday World. "I love Marengo Cave," I sighed almost to myself after we passed a billboard advertising the national landmark. "We should take the boys, Monday," hubby proclaimed, hearing me as he intuitively does.
So, we took the boys to Marengo Cave Monday. And it just so happened that it was 126th anniversary of the discovery of the cave. That was just our good luck.
But I had an idea to make it a little funner for the boysies. I bought each of us a gray T-shirt at Wal-Mart and a few bottles of neon and glow-in-the-dark fabric paint. I figured we could decorate our shirts and wear them to the cave. Not only would it be fun, but we'd surely stand out in that dark underground passage.
Okay. So there was this glob of glow paint that landed right in the middle of Jacob's shirt, and Lucas had a rough time drawing webs with the blue paint. We kind of looked cheesy, but it was a great idea. Alex glowed for SpongeBob, Lucas glowed for Spider-Man, Jacob glowed for a Shelby Mustang GT he drew himself, Henry glowed (as he always does) for the Steelers, and Mommy looked quite femine with her dragonflies, bumble bees and flowers ... It was a great idea.
We wore our shirts and loved their effect in the cave. We picnicked outside the cave, and we took a long nap after we got home so we'd be able to stay awake to watch the fireworks.
Kid-centered days are the best. And homemade T-shirts make more than memories.