Day Off

23 Feb 2014 by admin, No Comments »

We have had a lot of snow days this year — more than our usual. Last week, I received an early morning call announcing that the middle school was closed for the day. There was a problem with the water main so all middle schoolers had the day off. I was thrilled — not for my kid to be missing yet MORE school but because I had her, and only her, off! One-on-one kid time is so rare. What a treat to get it unexpectedly in the middle of the week. What did we do?

We went to the Botanical Gardens. A slow stroll through the Linnean House, sniffing camellias along the way. It was cold outside but the Climatron was like visiting a rain forest. Then, we lingered for a while in our favorite spot — the temperate house.

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It smelled so good in there and the temperature was perfect. Afterwards, we headed to The Hill — St Louis’ Italian section. Our goal was gelato but the gelateria was closed for the season. Instead, Missouri Bakery called. We bought some pastry and took it to Tower Grove Park.

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When we got home, there was still much of the day left. So, we did a messy craft project — making pasta!

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My favorite kind of mess — a cooking mess! And before I knew it, our day was over and it was time for the after school drive around. As my kids get older, it seems like I have less and less time to connect with them individually — they are busy and have friends and lots of interests of their own. A day, like my day with Margaux, is a treasure. And I’m hoping that the grade school and the high school have water issues, too — I need some time with my boys, individually, next!

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