Can you be held responsible for violating child labor laws if said child volunteers to help? Keep reading.
We did a non stop, 750 mile drive in our car from Anabelle’s NJ home, where we stayed for ten days, to our own home in South Carolina, our Winnebago Journey. It sure looked good to see it, a welcome sight.
We have been using our car to travel back and forth to PA and NJ this summer because we’re in a monthly site here in SC. We don’t want to pay here and then drive the Journey to PA and NJ and pay for another campground, that would be budget busting. Plus, it’s always nice to stay with our kids and enjoy their company.
Originally, we planned on breaking the return trip up into two days, but a situation came up that required us to drive straight through. Nothing serious, grandson Andrew was going on a trip to camp for the week and his leader’s kids got sick, so mom Heather jumped in to take over the leader spot. Because SIL Brian was traveling this week for his work, there was no one to stay with Owie. How could we not step up and have Owie stay with us?
Our grandsons are not ones to just sit around and play video games, they love to learn about things and help. They both have a fascination with the workings of the Journey and always pitch in to help with cleaning and maintaining things. Owie wanted to know what things needed his help to complete.
How could I turn down a willing helper, excited to learn new things? So much for child labor laws, after all, he volunteered?
Off we went, first doing the gooky stuff, I showed Owie how to dump the tanks and then we spent a good half hour rinsing and re-dumping the black tank to get it sparkling clean.
Then it was on to the water filter replacement. First the outside one in the wet bay.
He learned how to put on the filter housing wrench and which way to turn it to remove and then re-install it with a new filter cartridge.
Then it was on to the interior one, always fun to get at because it is way under the kitchen sink.
Our refrigerator needs to have the freezer defrosted periodically. Out came my heat gun and Owie got it done, after a careful bit of instruction on how to use it. He did great!
Then it was on to refilling our hummingbird feeders, the birds drank them dry while we were away. After filling them, the birds were at them in no time. Owie wanted to take their picture, he did pretty good considering this was the first time he used my camera.
Remember, now, he asked to help, so please don’t send the Child Labor Law Police after me! :c)
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