The sun is beating down on you, it is high noon in the middle of summer and you are caught in the heat of battle. You have a sense that you are surrounded on all sides and the enemy is closing in on you. It is time to make a run for it guns blazing! Water guns, that is, I forgot to mention you are 12 in this scenario.
Water gun battles were a staple of my childhood and I am sure they played a part in yours as well! At different points of my childhood though, my water gun was broken and my parents would not go out and buy me a new one. (What kind of parenting is that?!?!?) As I was between weapons, was I just going to let the battles go by? Not a chance! It was time to think of alternative weapons.
I could grab some balloons but the amount of time it took to prepare water balloons severely outweighed the benefits of actually using the water balloons in battle. Thus, I was left with an empty Ketchup bottle. Rinse it out, fill ‘er up and you are ready for battle! You always wanted to make sure it was fully rinsed out so nobody got shot in the eye with diluted ketchup, which burns!
It worked petty good, when it was full. You could get some good distance, but you had a limited supply of water and no way of pressurizing the bottle. In a pinch, however, it did the trick and was a part of many water battles in my childhood.
What are some ways you had to be creative as a child?
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