It seems that I am always doing special things with the Girl Child. Their dad will take the boys off to go do something (like go to a retro monster movie), and Monkey #3 and I will have “Girls’ Day.” We’ll shop, have lunch, get our nails done. You know – girly things
It is rare when it is just me and the Boy Monkeys. Today, however, it was just the three of us. And it was really pretty great.
I have the Monkeys every Saturday during the day, whether it is my parenting time or not, while their father is at work. Usually, we are just at home doing weekend things. But, today the boys and I stepped out.
My mother decided to take The Girl Child to go see a local production of Swan Lake. Monkey #1 had a short Boy Scout thing to do. The Middle Monkey and I went to pick him up. We were all hungry, so off to IHOP (Monkey #1’s request – he loves the red velvet pancakes). It was a delightful little breakfast. No arguing. No meltdowns. No irritations. Fabulous.
Monkey #1 had seen that there was a neighborhood yard sale going on, and wanted to go picking. I didn’t feel like wandering from house to house. So, we made a compromise. We went to this place that is like one giant yard sale crammed in a building. There is stuff EVERYWHERE. And you never know what you might find. We even saw an electric butter churn! The boys and I had so much fun scrounging around seeing what we could see. We would make fun of silly things, wonder about unusual things, comment on the cost of overpriced things, laugh at how someone would put a price on an empty box, and marvel at a 5 foot tall hand-made model of a Dutch windmill.
I was able to get some books for a book drive we are having at school and some vintage necklaces to use the beads to make something new.The Middle Monkey picked out a pencil sharpener shaped like a die (the singular for dice) and a strategy game I loved playing when I was a kid.Monkey #1 found a National Geographic from July 1976 (yes, the Bicentennial Edition). I had to talk him out of the bamboo cane he wanted to buy. I could just see him deciding to cane one of the other two monkeys in a fit of frustration. All for less than what we paid for breakfast at IHOP.
Then my mother called and said she was heading home with the Girl Child. The boys and I were tempted to tell her just to keep the girl. We were off having fun! But, we headed out anyway, thus ending our little excursion.
What a great day.