Most of my days are the same these days, or at least out of my control in many ways. When there is school the kids do that, when there is not school the kids usually do me. Well yesterday was the first day of spring break in 10-15 years that may mean going to the ocean beach for sun and fun, but they can’t drive or fly by themselves yet so thats not an option presented to them yet. They have friends who missed the Thursday an Friday last week to “voyage” but they haven;t figured out of horribly we are depriving them of that yet. So a friend of ours offered to treat them to a day at the amusement part. Him and 5 kids 8-4 years old. I was requested to go along as support. This my normal roll. Stay out of trouble and toss out one liners when necessary. The kids loved it, just telling them they can leave the yard is a big deal, I guess thats why they love school so much… We don’t have TV, never had cable. Even in France we only had the basic broadcast stations. Its not so much about control as it is limiting evil programing. I mean commercials and sassy kids. Anyways they get to watch plenty of empty programing on the Internet. So its kind of like spring break, its out there but its not day, so what should we play.
Anyways they loved the adventure, I won’t bore you with details, big smiles, screams of joy, frowns while waiting in line. I love my kids, we made memories. When they are not with me I can cry just thinking about how lucky I am, when they are with me I feel it too and we do like each other. There really is no other way to talk about my day and make it exciting or interesting. Yes we go places and do stuff, we have been to Paris, San Francisco, Chuck cheese and Beijing, but it really is the warmth we share and the drama that erupts between us from time to time that makes time freeze or leap ahead without any connection to normal reality. Not that normal reality is bad, its just hard for me to spend time there. I guess for the kids that would be school, in class while the teacher is talking to be precise. For me it used to be what the National evening news talked about. I guess somewhere around the OJ trial that all went sour. Watching attorneys on both sides not asking the simple questions and making ridiculous speeches. Followed by unknown experts asking even more crazy questions while never asking the simple ones. As I said we don’t have TV, but its everywhere but our house, so we see it and we know the direction and distance it has traveled since then.
Anyways, a great day out was followed by frozen pizza at our house and 3 hours playing in the yard until it was so dark and cold that even Eskimos would have come in. The kids will no doubt claim that the roller coaster or the log chute was the high light of the day. But the 3 hours running around on the grass playing “tag” was the longest period of continuous laughter and smiling they had. I liked the roller coaster.