All too often, when there’s a day off school (especially in the Winter), my kids and I sleep in, watch a movie or two, and (maybe if we’re lucky) bake some goodies together. Today, in honor of President’s Day, and in an effort to create some memories with my kids, I decided to take advantage of the once-a-year free admission at Mt Vernon. I set my alarm, woke the kids up early, got us all out the door (bundled for the chilly weather) and met my friend, Safire, and her family (for a total of 2 adults and 8 kids!) to caravan down to Northern Virginia for the day.
On the way home, I couldn’t help but think about the memories we created today, and I honestly wondered if the memories that will stick in my kids’ heads are ones that I want them to remember 10 or 15 or 20 years down the road.
Will they remember getting up early on a holiday and missing a day of sleeping in…..or will they remember that we stayed busy and did something together?
Will my kids remember the long drive in traffic (lots of people like to crowd to Mt Vernon on the one day of the year that it’s free!), the long walk from the car (since we had to park a mile away), and having to pee on the side of the road (only one kid resorted to this)….or will they remember the man who gave us 10 tickets for the tour of George Washington’s mansion? Really? Who has 10 extra tickets, the exact number that we needed?
Will my kids focus on the cold temperatures and the rain…..or will they think about holding hands with a friend or helping someone who needed a little boost?
Will they remember whining (or hearing others whine) about being hungry….or will they remember that we stopped for a rare lunch at McDonalds together?
Will they remember sore feet and tired legs from a lot of walking and standing in line…or will they remember the thrill of seeing the actual bed that George Washington was in when he died?
Will they think back on me freaking out in the car on the way home, yelling at everyone to be quiet because I had no idea where I was going and was worried that we’d end up lost in the middle of Washington DC during rush hour….or will they think about a fun and full day together?
I hope that they will focus on the later things. I have to keep telling myself that day trips like these are worth it in the end because more often than not, outings outside my comfort zone end up to be major adventures. And adventures are not always good things when fatigue and crankiness are involved.
I just hope that my kids remember the good things. That in spite of the challenges, the sore feet, the hungry tummies, and a direction-challenged mom, we really do enjoy spending time together.
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