This morning, I got out of bed and decided I needed to do something special for my 9-year old son. He is on summer break from school. We have been spending afternoons swimming and going to parks, but in the morning, he’s usually on the computer playing video games while I’m either cleaning or doing tasks work on my laptop.
I thought it would be a good day to get a “morning picnic” and spend some time at the Riverfront park. And, I guess I’ll admit that another reason for this revelation is that I found our milk had expired so cereal for breakfast was impossible.
So, I got him out of bed and, after much moaning and groaning because I was disturbing his usual morning routine, we both set out to get breakfast. He brightened up considerably when I told him we could just get some Donut Crazy and take them to Boothe Memorial Park. Sugar and rock climbing seemed a perfect combination. We got chocolate covered donuts (of course) and milk cartons, and we walked over the Sikorsky memorial Bridge to get over the river with our treasure.
He kept bugging me to let him have a doughnut while we walked the bridge, but I told him we were waiting until we got to the other side. We sat at a table and he wolfed down his donuts like he’d never eaten in his life! Then, off he went to the rock walls.
He loves climbing those walls. Being old and inflexible, I am not as much of a fan, but I do love watching him climb. There were not any kids out in the park that early. Other than a straggling bum, there really wasn’t anybody else in the park. I felt a little foolish thinking it was too early to be there and I hated that he didn’t have any kids to play with. So I called him over to me.
He came bounding over to me and I told him I wanted him to play a game. I would give him a mission, and he had to do it. He’d be like a spy for me. He was excited about the prospect of having a secret mission, so I pointed out a rock wall that he had to get to through a tunnel and told him to climb that wall and go touch a tree.
I told him if he didn’t do that in 2 minutes, the tree would explode. I told him it was a bomb that had to be deactivated by human touch. He happily did my mission, and I made up a few more missions for him before a few kids showed up. He blended in with them and forgot about Momma.
Our adventure was fun, but considering how empty the park was that time of the morning, I doubt I’ll take him there again that early. Still, it was fun and a memory that I’m hoping he’ll keep with him.