Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's fun when you're having fun

I used to see families traveling together and wonder why on God's green earth anyone would want to do that to themselves. Naturally this was a pre-kid sentiment. Packing up all the crap necessary to keep a small child fed, clothed, watered and entertained for a few hours? Crazy! Why not just stay home?

Yesterday we were up and ready on the 9:00 shuttle to the subway and on to the New England Aquarium. We had been promising The Parasite a visit with the fishies for weeks and it finally happened. When she laid eyes on those penguins on our way in the door, we knew that all the time spent getting here was totally worth it. She was beaming ear to ear the whole time. We bought her a stuffed penguin that we may be able to pry out of her hands some day, but today is not that day. Lunch on a patio by the wharf completed the adventure before heading back to the hotel for nap time.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing that little face light up. Having time away from the "stuff" that needs to be done every day, time to just be us and laugh and play, is what makes working so hard worth the effort. I used to worry that once we had a child our travels were over. Now I know it just means you have a few more bags, and a lot more giggles. The rest of my bunch will be up soon and we'll be on our way for today's adventures. I can't wait to see the smiles that today will bring.