Putting it all into perspective

Field trips are just as educational for moms as they are for kids.

I’m not sure they’re getting quite the same thing out of it as I do.  For instance, here’s what I learned from a recent trip to the zoo:

  • It does not matter how many times a mom says things like, “Don’t dive in the shallow end of the pool,”… it only takes one example of someone doing something daring to completely delete warnings from a child’s mind.

  • On being photogenic:  Some of us just don’t have a good side.

  • Children aren’t the only ones that drag their keepers off balance.

  • Sometimes sitting and staring out the window doesn’t constitute being lonely.  Solitary confinement can occasionally be a good thing.

I could use at least a couple hours a day.

Of course, as any mother trying to have a solitary moment in the powder room knows… having an audience doesn’t generally help.

  • Not everything is meant to be sat in.

But making the attempt will occasionally give you a perspective that you didn’t have before.

Such as an appreciation for crowbars.

  • Goats and toddlers both have the attention span of cheese graters.

Not the attention span, may it be noted, of gnats.  Anyone who has had a child deposit a banana peel behind the refridgerator in mid summer knows that gnats are capable of amazing feats of persistence.

  • Crawling into a hole and pulling it in after you is an idea that has its merits.

Besides, crawling out again afterwards can be such a relief.

  • Ultimately, it’s the moments of discovery that help make it all worthwhile.

Then we drove home while they all passed out, in strange contortions, strapped in their carseats.

And life was good.


About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.
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3 Responses to Putting it all into perspective

  1. No Coffee Ugh says:

    The butterfly exhibit… If you look straight up from her eyes you can see a butterfly with two round designs… were there more in this picture?

    • dep31 says:

      No other butterflies, just lots of glare from the sun coming in the window. Pretty much most of the rest of the picture was a complete loss; I cropped out what was worth saving.

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