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.