The party was at a roller-skating rink in another town. Our school district is so widespread that this is often the case. I really didn't want to be in another town for two and a half hours so I fully intended to go home and drive back when it was over. Unfortunately we knew no one nearby who was attending, so a carpool was out of the question. When we were almost there I realized that it took a full thirty plus minutes to get there; I decided I didn't want to spend the entire afternoon in the car. Staying at the rink with baby-in-tow and a younger daughter who would need me on the rink was out of the question. I remembered driving past a very small neighborhood park.
It was quite chilly, but after a quick check I realized everyone had a jacket or at least long sleeves. The park was new to us. It was cute and small. It was a really fun few minutes. A very few minutes. We may have been there a whole fifteen minutes...before the wind kicked up and the rain started. But this fun little adventure rejuvenated my kids so much; they must have thanked me and reminded each other to thank me...at least fifteen times!
That was repeated, surprisingly, on Sunday afternoon. My son had an out of town soccer game mid-afternoon. I had earlier that day
Hopefully I'm learning a lesson here. Life is very full of opportunities to make the most out of situations that don't look fun. Time is precious. And family time is a treasure. I believe God always wants to redeem the time and the moments. I'm trying to keep my eyes and heart open for opportunities to make a delightful day...despite.