What? You’ve never heard of mattress sledding? Believe me, you are missing a vital piece of life here. Let me educate you.
First, you must gather a pile of teenagers and twenty-somethings in a snowy location. Then locate a mattress that you never want to see again. Punch a hole through the mattress and thread a rope through the hole. Tie the mattress securely to the back of a pickup truck.
Place an older adult behind the wheel. Someone who will drive slowly and put safety at the very forefront of their mind. Someone who is over 40 and loves the people who are on the mattress and is impervious to the screams of “Faster, faster, you geriatric grandpa!” that are directed at his person.
Now get dressed in your warmest winter clothing. All of it!
Place the teenagers and your 3 children on top of the mattress. Pack them in nice and tight. Now drive the truck forward, dragging the mattress, and collection of teens behind.
They may or may not stay on the mattress…in fact…they might start pushing each other off. But fear not, the driver is going slow enough that they can run and catch up.
Rinse and Repeat until cocoa and a warm spot by the fire are required in order to thaw out. Now your life is complete, “Mattress Sledding” is part of your lexicon. Thank you to Mitchel Pierce for the wonderful photos!