The four year old girls have started playing junior chiropractors on the picnic table benches. Don't worry. This isn't "playing doctor", in fact it's a welcome change after months of listening to them play kitty cats.
The kids lie on their stomachs on the benches while one girl goes around pressing knuckles along their lumbar regions and lifting their legs in the air, flutter kick-style. I could use an adjustment myself, but I would probably fall off the bench.
Some of the girls may have futures in massage therapy. We've got a playground full of gravel warming under the Texas sun. Placing heated stones on the spine and between the toes is supposed to expand blood vessels and improve blood flow. Benefits are said to include reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, and concerns about bank nationalization.
© 2009 Nancy L. Ruder