As a father, I’d say that ourĀ 15′ Pure Fun Trampoline we bought several years ago may have been the best investment we’ve made as parents. While I realize the risks of owning a trampoline, thankfully none of our kids (or their friends) have broken any bones up until this point.

As my boys have gotten older, their imaginations have gotten more creative as have the games they invent on the trampoline. Recently, my twin 13 year-old sons invented a game called “Shovey” which essentially is like slam dancing on a trampoline. The premise of the game is that a person stands in the middle of the trampoline while the other competitors on the trampoline try their best to shove you down. Now you fully understand where their creative game naming came from.

Last week, during a typical humidity-filled Iowa August, we played a rugged game of Shovey. After a few minutes we were drenched, and naturally my boys thought it would be a good idea to turn the hose on. The next thing I knew, I was drenched from head to toe. Because we don’t have a sprinkler for whatever reason, the boys recruited my lovely wife to stand by the trampoline and spray the hose at us on shower mode.

That led into what may be the funniest experience ever. My wife went into the house and came back with two bars of soap and a bottle of dish soap. The trampoline quickly became an ice skating rink and the boys and I were slipping and sliding all over the place.

Here’s the big takeaways from this story.

Did I want to go outside in 90+ degree heat and a ton of humidity and jump on a trampoline? Not really.

Did I want to get sprayed with the hose from my 10 year-old and eventually my wife? Not really, but in retrospect it felt refreshingly cool albeit it took my breath away.

Making memories with my kids that will last a lifetime is worth doing the uncomfortable. I’m confident that 10 or 20 years from now, we’ll be talking about the time we played Shovey together and it turned into a trampoline slip n slide. Do the uncomfortable men. Make memories with your kids.