I always imagined that having a backyard would be magical. The magic of a backyard is something that you don’t think too much about until you have one (or until you spend an extended amount of time in someone else’s). When we decided on our new home, I didn’t understand the importance of the big backyard. That is, until the sellers offered to fence it in for us.
What is it with fences? Why do they make people so happy? The idea of a fence made me upset at first, because it seems like the intention is to tell people “stay out of my space.” Maybe it’s the nice girl in me, but that idea made me feel some kind of way. But, once we saw the fenced-in backyard, I realized what the magic of a backyard really was: it’s a place to pin in your crazy children.
Ha! When we let the kids run in the backyard for the first time, a lightbulb went off in my head. I immediately heard myself saying “OK, you all need to get OUT of the house. Go run in the backyard.” Ooh the magic! I can send them to a perfectly safe space, on our property, and have them out of my hair. I can watch them from the kitchen, from our bedroom, and even from the baby’s bedroom if I’m stuck in there folding clothes.
If we ever get a dog (it’s totally possible now), I can send them AND the dog outside. Good God, thank you for a fenced-in backyard! So, what’s the magic of a backyard? It’s that I have an outdoor holding cell for my offspring. They can walk the yard whenever I want them to. Hallelujah.