Friday, March 27, 2009

Choosing to Leave the Car at Home

This morning, my kids woke up a few minutes early and I had an epiphany. Hey - it's not raining and we actually have time to walk to the bus stop! It is only a mile away, but getting 2 young kids to walk a mile in the rain before 8am is no small task so it doesn't happen nearly as often as I would like!

I thought 15 extra minutes would do it, but it turns out I hadn't counted on...

"Can I ride my bike?"
"Can I scooter?"
"My scooter isn't working very well, can I ride Ryan's scooter?"
"Where is my lock?"
"I can't find the combination to my lock"
"Oops, my chain fell off."

Needless to say, it was not a relaxing walk, but we stuck to the plan and walked(me), biked (Ryan), scootered (Stephen), and ran (Quinn the Pug) to the bus stop. Would it have been easier to just hop in the car? Absolutely, but I'm happy we stuck with the plan!

The bike and scooter are locked up at the park where there bus will drop them this afternoon so barring any freak spring snowstorms, we should have a relaxing ride/walk/run home this afternoon. Now, if only I could get the sun to come out too!


  1. WOW! Good thing it's Friday and you need not do this tomorrow. Good for all of you.
    Harvey can't get email where he is --that's how isolated from society he is right now. Look it up. The place is Changuinola, near the Costa Rica border. AMLM/G

  2. Then there is the old saying that starts out:
    "The best laid plans of man..." Don't know the
    rest of the saying. I will have to look it up!

  3. Yo Dad is back in communication with the Internet for now anyway. Great Blog! I enjoyed all your entries and the subsequent discussions. I guess it is good to expect the our tunnel business, and,I think the Risk Management business in general, we have a category of risk called Unknown Unknowns. The unknowns are the things you can conceive of but can't quantify and the unknown unknowns are the things that are not only unknown as risk but totally unknown. AMLD

  4. Unknown unknowns seems likes a good description of parenthood. You don't know what you don't know until it happens!