The Evolution of a Perfect Day

6 Oct

Yesterday was a perfect day.  My daughter and I went to the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America for the first time and it was amazing.  I was in awe as sharks were swimming inches over my head.  My daughter, on the other hand, ran screaming for the exit.  Eventually, she found the nerve to come back and check them out.  The sting-rays swimming overhead and “smiling” was her favorite.

Next, we went to the local library where they were having a Geocaching event for kids.  At first, she wasn’t too crazy about it, but once she found the first treasure, she was hooked.  It didn’t hurt it was a beautiful fall day as well, perfectly sunny and cool,  with leaves starting to turn colors.

The next stop was Party City to pick out the “perfect” Halloween costume…the Peacock Princess.  We barely arrive at home and she’s tearing the package open, trying it on.  Of course, she has to model it.  Success.

If you would’ve asked me ten years ago if this would be my idea of a perfect day, you’d have heard a resounding, “Hell no!”.  My, how things have changed.  I went from a single, care-free lifestyle, to being married with two stepkids and a baby, to being a single parent.

I admit, there are moments I miss those days of parties, traveling, and basically doing nothing.  However, when my daughter tells me she loves me more than a thousand sharks combined (I think that may have something to do with the aquarium visit?) and sings me little “Mommy” songs, I miss those days a whole lot less.

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