The Associate- “I need to feel the sun on my face.”
Me- “ME TOO.”
The Associate- “I need a mental health day.”
Me- “ME TOO.”
The Associate got her wish. It has been a chilly winter, and snow days quite common. She is fine with this of course, what child is not. Parcc Testing was postponed only to haunt some other day and it was so cold that the moment you left the house your face froze. We tried to run errands after the first lazy day. Hit the pet store for some additional fish to “help keep the tank clean” and met a sweet puppy.
We left quickly and headed to the big box store to buy a whole bunch of stuff that will most likely rot. The Associate was wearing her camouflage outfit and I almost lost her.
I bribed her with donuts so we could hit the thrift stores on the way home. All in all a good day, but there was still another.
I am supremely lucky that I can adapt to these outages well, and I am most definitely not complaining. Being an artist, and a stay at home mom I spend most of my days not knowing what I will accomplish, so why are these any different. I like to call these 2 birds one stone kinda days, although who would want to kill a bird? 2 venomous spiders one stone? ANYWAY, I have been trying to get my children to accompany me to the Botanical gardens to see the orchid show, but every time I mention it, I get back some kind groan/grunt answer. Who are these people, how can they not love plants? The Associate finally agreed to come if her friend Hazel could join.
The orchids were lovely and the smaller people had a ball, while I wandered in my head and felt the warm air of the spiny desert and the rainforest.
They insisted on staying so long that we were terribly hungry and I convinced them we should run over to The Art Museum for a snack. The Associate and her Associate wanted grilled salmon. A surprisingly healthy and inexpensive snack, I quickly obliged.
They wouldn’t sit with me, and I pretended to be hurt when I was secretly excited to eat in the beautiful atrium all by myself.
They ran around and played in the kids studio and I read a book.
Bring it on winter.