Today was a good day. One of those days that you have to hold on and be grateful for when they come around.
It had potential though to NOT be a good day.
We were supposed to leave early tomorrow morning on a road-trip adventure to Minneapolis. Kid 3, myself and Kid 5 had been planning this for weeks. We would see Kid 3's girlfriend, meet her family and visit the Mall of America.
But then about 1:30 this afternoon I got the phone call.
Kid 3's car needed about $700 worth of repair work. And the repairs were serious safety issues so they couldn't be put off until later.
We would be driving my car the 12 1/2 hours to Minneapolis, so transportation wasn't an issue. The $700 was the issue.
Kid 3 had enough to pay for the road trip, or enough to pay for the car. One of those crappy adult responsibility decisions that suck whether you are 18 or 48.
I am proud to say with very little hesitation he realized the road trip was off and he needed to pay for the car repairs.
That could have ruined the day. In the past I think it would have.
But not today.
This evening I had to go back to work to personal train just one client. Kids 3 and 5 came with me and got in a good workout themselves. When we got home, the rest of the kids joined us and we went to our favorite local burger and wings restaurant.
We didn't know the restaurant had started a new weekly trivia night every Wednesday. We had so much fun playing along as a family. It's even more fun playing now that the kids are teenagers and young adults and realizing how smart and well read they have become.
Between trivia rounds and burger bites, we got caught up on each others busy lives, laughed and genuinely enjoyed each others company.
Those rare moments of living life with ease are very special indeed.