Brian Williams, Burlington
Principal, Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes
Son Haven, 15; daughters Maude, 12, and Eleanor, 6
Rainy days are when my family takes a deep breath and looks around. Too often we are going at light speed here and there — just missing, not listening.
It's almost like a rainy day causes time and our molecular structure to slow down to the point where we can see and listen to each other again. And, in those moments, we reconnect and make a plan to deepen the connections. Sometimes we lie around the house and read books or watch movies; other times, we'll walk in the rain through the woods and down to the lake. Sometimes it's a dance party or maybe lunch at the pub. Whatever the team decides, that's what we do — and we do it together.
Chad Prouty, Colchester
Business development manager, Sticks and Stuff
Sons Sawyer, 5, Tanner, 2, and Shay, 2
Most recently, rainy days have included long sessions of Lego building. Sawyer, our oldest, can read a Lego booklet diagram and put it together without any help. He especially likes building castles and playing superheroes. Once Lego structures are built, then it's time to try to keep the twins from destroying them, which isn't always easy.
We also get out the art supplies and draw on rainy days. Recently, Sawyer was drawing out of one of his favorite monster books, trying to copy the monsters as closely as possible. It wasn't van Gogh, but you could tell what each monster was, and I was really impressed! Sometimes we also dress up in costumes and build castles out of cardboard, pretending to be pirates or knights.
A lot of times, though, we throw on our rain boots and coats and go right outside. The kids love the rain. They love to look for worms in the wet weather. There are a couple of big wooden logs that I keep in the yard, just so we can turn them over and look for stuff. We find centipedes sometimes, and the kids freak out! I love it.
Madhu Neupane, Colchester
Program manager for developmental services, HowardCenter
Daughters Deepa, 19, and Anisha, 15
The activity I like to do on a rainy day is to sit with my children at home and play either table tennis or do some math tricks with them. My children enjoy my tricks, which make them think and learn. We also play some card games; I love to show them some tricks with cards, too. It becomes their responsibility to find out how they work.
We also make hot spicy food during rainy days and eat it to keep us warm in the winter. During summer, I like to be outside in the garden, even in rain. If I am not able to go out, I like to read and watch television.
One of my daughters likes dancing, and she tries to teach us on rainy days. But it's difficult, as her "students" are not good dancers!
Seth Neary, Burlington
Creative director and founder, Driven Studio
Daughters Josephine, 5, and Frances, 4
I like to cram in as much activity with my girls as possible on a rainy day. I'll take them to Talent Skatepark for a couple of hours — we always have a great time there; the girls love it. I'm one of the dads who will get out there and skate with them. They work on their tall drops and drop-ins, and I skate the mini ramp. At the end of our session, we chill and eat M&M's.
If it's a Saturday, my wife and I will take them to a kids CrossFit class at CrossFit Burlington. While my wife is deadlifting weights, the kids are running obstacle courses and hammering out burpees. We never sit still.