I notice that the natural drainage path along our back fence is blocked. We get rakes and a hoe and begin making way for the water to flow. There has been lots of rain lately and our temporary brook has started to form a little lake. As soon as the way is cleared the water rushes along the fence following the gentle grade. My girls watch and help. They talk about making a beaver dam and letting the water pool in the yard. They imagine fish and other critters coming to live. Soon the water is just a trickle and our little lake is gone. They splash in the mud along the fence and I think for the hundredth time how happy I am that their sneakers are machine washable.