Monday, October 10, 2011

Who says you can’t be spontaneous with kids?

Columbus Day was a holiday for both Little Miss and me this year. After realizing how much I’ve missed just spending time alone with her since the arrival of her baby sister, I thought it was time for some one-on-one with my firstborn. On this particularly gorgeous Fall day, it felt like the perfect time to take a walk to collect leaves of different colors around our neighborhood while her little sister stayed home with my mom for her nap.


Armed with a toddler-sized basket, Little Miss got busy gathering mementoes from the season. Just as we reached the elevated train tracks, she asked if we could take ride on it. I looked for a reason why we couldn’t except all I could think of was, why not? So we padded our tummies with some chocolate milk and blueberry pie from a nearby café to avoid any potential meltdowns before we embarked on our journey to who-knows-where.



We jumped onto the first train that came by with no thought for destination – neither of us cared for a plan. Little Miss was especially happy just to be there. Even though she has been on a train on several occasions before, it has been about a year, which, as far as this toddler’s concerned, might as well have been the first time. When we finally decided to hop off, we picked up some Vietnamese pho for lunch at our destination and went back on the train to head home. 


As we reached our stop, I spotted a bus and made another impromptu decision to make a transfer instead of walking the few blocks home. It was barely a five-minute ride, but Little Miss was thrilled all the same. Part two of her adventure!


When we reached home, she excitedly relayed the story of her spontaneous adventure to her paati (grandma) and then again over the phone to her daddy, who was stuck at work. At naptime, we talked about our morning together as she twirled her hair, a sure sign of her fatigue.

I’ve never been on a train before.
Yes you have. You just don’t remember it.

I’ve never been on a bus before.
Sure you have. We did it once when we were at the old house.

I’ve never been on a plane before.
Err...yes you have. Many times. Again, you just don’t remember it.

Exasperated, she thought for a little bit before once again, exclaiming:

I’ve never been on a school bus before!
{Laughing} Yes. You are right.

She grinned, obviously pleased she finally remembered something right. I tucked her in, kissed her and promised her another adventure someday. Just the two of us; just like old times.

I know I won’t forget this day. Too bad I can’t say the same for her.