Playing “Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker” At Home

English: Vector map of the Appalachian Trail. ...

As I tucked the blankets around my daughter tonight, I asked, “Honey, are you going to sleep with that hat on?”

She had pulled a stocking cap down over her ears.

“Yes,” she answered. “It’s like I’m camping on the Appalachian Trail. Is it okay if I wear my gloves, too?”

I paused. She was gazing up at me, waiting for my answer.

“Yes, you may wear your gloves,” I said. Then I gave her a kiss and turned out the light.

As I left the room, she asked me to turn on the ceiling fan. So it would be more like camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

I really hope she can sustain this level of enthusiasm for the next 10 years or so. Or at least long enough that we can save on heating costs this winter.

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