I have a trampoline in my living room.
When we bought the trampoline from a friend to give to the kids at Christmas, I wondered where we would put it. At first, I immediately retired it to the garage waiting for warmer weather, when it could go in the back yard. I thought about the basement… no, not enough open floor space. Anywhere else in the house? No way! Especially not the living room.
A few weeks as go, when Sophie and I returned from her gymnastics class, I was sitting on the couch checking my email while my daughter jumped around the living room, pretending she was bouncing on a trampoline. Without even thinking, I went to the garage, pulled out the trampoline and put it down on the living room floor. Her eyes got wide and a huge grin appeared on her face as she stared at it. “Can I jump”? She asked.
Its been about 3 weeks now and that trampoline has become a fixture in our living room. Both kids spend quite a bit of time jumping on it daily and even came up with a game together to help them take turns. They don’t fight over it and will jump until they are out of breath. Its extra exercise and a lot of fun. Even I have been found jumping on it on occasion.
Why was the living room never an option before? I guess I was stuck in that adult mentality that the living room was not for toys… it is my relax space and a teampoline would seem ridiculous, right? Looking back, that mentality is a bit ridiculous! The kids are having fun and its good for them. So what if it looks strange to visitors? We live here.
Sometimes its good to take a step back and remember what it was like to be a kid… and let that kid in all of us have a little fun on occasion. The world gets too serious at times and its nice to take a break from that. So in my house, we are all goofy kids who just want to jump on a trampoline.
So will I move the trampoline outside come spring? Probably not!