While the title of this one may suggest a lovely place for a little time away, in reality it refers to the tried and true parenting method of using “Time Outs” to modify unruly or defiant behavior in your child.
My son and I had been hiding out under a canopy at Goldwater Lake waiting for the rain to stop. We had already been down the swing set and examining every known and unknown bug in the forest route, and since it looked like nothing but more rain on the way, I told my bundle of 5 year old joy that when the rain stops Daddy will take a couple pictures and then we’ll make a mad dash for the jeep before the rains comes back. The actual specific instructions included the always present clarification in bold print,“No throwing rocks in the lake until Daddy’s camera clicks”. You see, my son and I share many common traits and interests, a hatred of broccoli, a healthy fear of evil robots, and calm water. Now, this last shared interest appears to be for completely different reasons, I am rather obsessed with mirror images, perfect reflection pictures. My son, not so much. If lakes were real mirrors he would have roughly 17,456 years of bad luck. He is slowly building a pebble bridge across every lake in the known area. He has never met a reflection that does not require a well thrown rock. Obviously this can cause some conflict between fellow broccoli haters when they are at the lake. You may notice the lovely concentric ripples in the middle of this shot, those were not planned, and completely against the previously mentioned verbal contract. Hence the time out. However, the sneaky little devil played the pouty lip card and threw in the “sorry Daddy” between toddler on the verge of crying breaths and plea bargained down to one minute of time out. Of course the rain came back and wouldn’t leave after that, so we went home and watched an evil robot movie.
Goldwater Lake, Prescott Arizona USA.