It was one of THOSE days. I woke up feeling horrible. Homeschooling was not going well–every item of school work seemed to be a struggle. The youngest two were fighting. We were all in tears off and on all morning. By lunch time I had had it. I didn’t even want to see the inside of my house any longer, much less fix lunch.
“Everyone get your shoes on,” I yelled, “we’re going on a picnic for lunch!”
They were ready in a flash. I gathered up paper plates, napkins, water bottles, and lemonade packets and drove away. My kids think those little individual packets of lemonade that you pour into bottled water are SO special. I went through the Chick-fil-A drive-through, ordering only chicken and fries, and drove to a park we had never been to before. Oh, it was good to get outside! We laughed and had fun eating in the gentle breeze, and then the kids played and chased squirrels until I yelled it was time to go home.
We all felt better. We went home refreshed and happy. How much I would have missed out on if I had just kept pushing everyone to get things done. It still all eventually got done. Sometimes you’ve just got to get out and play!