If you're four years old, and afraid of something - - like getting wet by a sprinkler ball - - DO NOT let your friends know!!!
It's important to "fake it" that you like the sprinkler ball, rather than just standing off in the distance.Your friends will notice that you're not participating, and will chase you around the entire row of houses until they catch you, and carry you back to get soaked by the scary sprinkler ball!There's not much point squirming out of their slippery grip, and running away. They'll just chase you around the houses until they catch you again!
And they will drag you kicking and screaming back to the ball again. Only this time everyone will be in on it - pointing the water directly at you!
It doesn't matter how many times you run away. Your friends, who love you, and only want what's best for you, will chase you down time and time again until you finally stop kicking and screaming.
And lastly (and most importantly), make sure you do not notice your father who's standing just off to the side watching you in your distress and laughing his pants off!
Also, make sure you have a mother who was good enough to photograph the entire escapade and will NOT let you see the pic of your father laughing until you're all grown up and have successfully repressed the nightmare that happened at your own July 4th party!