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Children have a habit of Fooling Around!

In this photo, Alex was refereeing a 2002 wrestling match between Alban and Charlie, on the one hand, and Nick on the other. After this photo was taken, Charlie says that Nick did a backflip and squished him and Alban. Note the shoes and clothes discarded behind the wrestlers, and the games also littering the living room floor.

Alex is refereeing a 2002 wrestling match between Alban and Charlie, on the one hand, and Nick on the other. Note the step in the carpet that they are all lying on. After this photo was taken, Charlie says that Nick did a backflip and squished him and Alban. Their shoes and clothes are discarded behind the wrestlers, and games also litter the living room floor.

The children fooled around effortlessly, like puppies, making adventures out of nothing and drama out of less.

For many years, roughhousing was key, a simple joy to be shared. But they had fun in a lot of other ways too, and this is a collection of pictures of our children having fun. That is what they did.

Water is involved in lots of fooling around. There’s something mystical about how much water does for the children, and for the rest of us. Here is a small sample from our tribe.

There are a lot more water photos on the pools page, the second pools page, and dotted all over the site.

Car wash! Didn't happen every week, or even every month, but it was a very fun project!

Car wash in 2005! Didn’t happen every week, or even every month, but it was a very fun project!

As we all grew older, the tone of fooling around changed, and the older children were less likely to share their fooling around moments. Perfectly natural, but a bit sad when you’re a parent.

On the left is one of those rare moments when an older child fooling around was photographed at home! This was Alban, who was helping the little guys with their chore, when he could not resist the twin temptations offered by the garden hose he was using to rinse down his maman’s Volvo, the first to also rinse down Alex, and the second, well, we’ll let you interpret that yourself!

Back to the gallery, starting with a few rare moments where we have a record of teenage and twenty-something fooling around! To be honest, what we have is more than enough!

Tom keeping it all in the family!

Tom keeping it all in the family!

Tom here brings his own genealogy into question. You will notice that he did not miss this opportunity during our 1999 visit to San Francisco Zoo to cross his eyes and otherwise confirm his close kinship with the family members around him in the picture! Nobody else allowed us to photograph him or her doing this.

Here’s more fooling around, this time on a beach in Brittany. And more teenage fooling around.