Going on an Adventure!
Once in awhile you have a day that’s just filled with crap.
I mean . . . people tell me they’re jealous because I took a day off the other day. “A bad day off is still better than a good day at work, right?”
That’s probably the case, I suppose, but I wasn’t looking forward to this day.
The boy up there had two dental appointments for his braces…which then turned into three. I started dropping off his two siblings at school, picking him back up, hitting the road, and going to the orthodontist. They took off his retainer, said they saw a spot on a molar . . . so we set an appointment for the afternoon at the dentist.
So we had time to kill. We were too far from home to go there . . . we’d just have to turn around and go back. So we decided to make the most of our day, just me and my son. We got hot chocolate (okay, mine was coffee) and looked at books at a Barnes and Noble nearby.
We had lunch and ate waaaay too much.
Then we found this mall adjacent to the too-busy and crazy shopping mall.
We found a fountain, synced up to the music, and my son got up and acted like the conductor. (There’s video, but couldn’t get it to upload, sorry!)
We sat on benches, he on a butterfly, arms apart, acting like he was flying. It was adorable. I laid on a bench of leaves and said “I’m a leaf on the wind…” and told him my nerdy friends would be the only ones to get the reference.
We took a photo of this strange, almost inappropriate dummy, with the apron’s bow strategically placed to cover the most delicate of areas, I suppose. I posted a picture of it, said it “cracked me up” and took ownership of the pun. It wasn’t until a day later that a Facebook friend told me they worked for the store – Sur La Table. We jokingly called it “tushiegate” and they had the dummy tactfully re-dressed, so to speak.
My point to all this is . . . we could have, say, drank coffee, been bored, but instead we had fun. Not often do you get a chance to be just with one of the kids an when you do don’t squander it. We had a blast. We ate too much, had cookies from a tiny little kiosk in the middle of the plaza, and then wandered around, bought Christmas presents, and wrapping paper.
So when it came time to go back to the orthodontist things weren’t all that bad. In fact, we were a little sorry the day was over.
But it’s part and parcel to how we do things now. It’s not boredom that you have to overcome it’s actually your own mind and procrastination.
Once you get up and start moving . . . the opportunities just kind of present themselves . . . like a dummy wearing nothing but an apron.