My son wanted to go on a bike ride with his dad and brother the other day.
Now, it’s “spring” in Minnesota which means that it can be a little muddy, but since he was riding his bike and not walking around in the muck, I suggested that he wear his sneakers instead of his rubber mud boots.
I forgot that boys get off their bikes and like to explore.
So while he was wandering by the river near our house, he got brave and stepped onto a bit of the ice along the shore. And got his feet completely soaked.
The boy only has one set of sneakers, and he needs them for school. We didn’t have hours and hours to let them dry. Setting them out in the sun wasn’t really an option since it was about 30ºF that day. I didn’t want to throw them in the dryer because 1) it uses energy and 2) it’s hard on the shoes.
So instead, I wadded up some old newspaper into each shoe and waited just a bit. Within a couple of hours, the newspaper had absorbed all the moisture from his shoes.
Then I recycled the newspaper when I was done. So easy!
And next time he goes for a bike ride, I’ll be sure to ask him if he’ll be playing near water!