This morning Franky was headed with me to do some shopping. The store we were going to is in another neighborhood and we drove by a park that we'd never been to before.
"Mommy, why don't we go to the park anymore?"
"We go the park," I replied, knowing full well we hadn't been in quite some time. In the summer, we're at the park all of the time because it's, well, summer.
I looked at Franky in the rear view mirror remembering he was wearing a long sleeved tee shirt, hoodie, coat and boots. I was wearing a light jacket. Of course.
I thought about standing at that park in the cold. I would be freezing. Plus, the equipment would be wet since it had rained all night.
Suddenly, I turned in the roundabout and headed toward the park. I made a left and drove into the parking lot.
"Uh, Mommy? This isn't the way to the store."
I parked the car and pointed beyond a pavilion. "You're right. Let's go to the park." I helped him out of the car seat and he was off and running, full speed ahead.
It was a cloudy morning, around 40 degrees, and we were the only ones there. There was a big structure with two jumbo slides and he immediately climbed up to the top.
"Come up to my castle! Watch out for the hot lava!" He was having a good old time running around like he owned the place. He loves playing with other kids, but sometimes it's nice to be king of the castle.
It was so quiet, us two being the only ones there and all. We heard a lone Canada goose honking and watched it fly above us in the gray sky. I started to forget how cold I was, mainly because I was hauling myself up and down those stairs.
After 30 minutes, we hopped back in the car, turned the heat on and drove away, still a little exhilarated from the cold.
On this 365 day challenge we've taken on, I try to remind myself that it's the little things that bring joy. Planning big excursions or projects can be exciting, but sometimes being king of the castle on a cold, cloudy day is the just the adventure you need.
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