It had been a while since our last visit to one of our favourite playground/parks so we planned a visit for the weekend. As usual, that meant waking up early to cook and prepare the kids. I set to work. Everything was ready – food, water, drinks, ice, straws, disposable plates, cups, spoons, mats, clothes, foot-wear, camera, some money and first-aid kit. Yeah, I always made a list and ensured all items were checked. We won’t want to forget anything now, would we?
We invited some family friends, left home and arrived at the park just in good time. The weather was oh so cooperative too. Oh my, we sure had fun that day; running around, playing with the swings, crazy twisted slides and all sorts of other outdoor equipment. The play scape even had some typical gym equipment to allow adults have a fun work-out too. It was great to have a place to unwind and unleash the child in me. While a few parents and adults were looking all groomed and did the pious sitting down and watching act, I unabashedly played with literally every single play set available in that park. In retrospect, I must have played real hard because I even had sand in my hair (I always planned our visit to the park a day before my visit to the hair salon). So this concerned adult walks up to me, staring at me in disbelief. She confessed that she hadn’t seen a parent have that much fun with their kids at the park before. It was almost a chore for her – a necessary evil, she called it. I smiled at her and we talked about anything from weddings and in-laws to work and even the economy.
We all took a break from play time to eat all the goodies we came with, shared with some peeps, played a little longer and left for home. As expected, all the kids slept almost as soon as the car began to move. Bedtime came easy that night, as we all had some beverage, took our baths and hit our beds.