Funny how paying it forward works. Let me explain.
The best gift, bar none, Hannah and I ever received as parents was when someone would take our young kids so we could get away for some “us” time. League leaders in this category were my mom and dad. Regularly, they would settle into our house in York, Maine with Molly, Robyn, and Will while Hannah and I would take two nights going up the coast to Camden.
With the light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic, Hannah and I have a chance to pay it forward with our daughter Molly’s family. Our grandsons, Owen (8) and Max (6), have been remote schooling and hanging with their parents going on 12 months.
Now that Hannah and I are two weeks past our second Pfizer vaccine for Covid, we are set to have the boys for our famous 24 Hours of Owen and Max. Molly and her hubby Tip get to do whatever they want, whenever they want.
The first weekend in March is still winter in Maine. Highs this Saturday are in the upper 20s; though the sunshine adds a few degrees, the wind takes away a few more.
The Home Depot Kids’ Workshop has been cancelled, the York Public Library is not an option. Basically it’s the great outdoors.
Taking the boys to the mailbox, Hannah turns toward the icy pond in our front yard. The boys have their plastic sleds and we all have struck outdoor gold.
After an early lunch, we pile into our Prius for George Derby’s place on the Atlantic where we hunt for sea glass, explore the rocky coastline, and get nicely surprised by George just returning from clamming.
Just north of George’s place is the Fort McClary State Park for further exploring and a short trail hike.
After three hours outside, we all return to our Chases Pond Road place. The boys settled in with a Netflix movie, Bigfoot Family, while I go to the York House of Pizza for dinner. Then Hannah and I have a glass of wine to toast our extended family.
After their large pepperoni pizza and our mushroom, we play cards, Sevens and Sh-theed. Bedtime by 730P leaves us all ready for a good night’s sleep.
Next morning, Hannah makes omelets-to-order. Max choses cheese while and Owen opts for onion.
Twenty fours after I picked up the boys, I return them to their pop.
It was one of the best 24 hours of the entire winter! As you can see, paying it forward has multiple winners!
By the way, when asked to rate Bigfoot Family from one to ten (ten being high), no surprise that the children of a math educator (their mom Molly) would rate the movie a 9.7 (Owen) and 9.9 (Max).