The simplicity of Family Day………..
As I sat in the overheated, smelly and noise filled Playplace at MacDonalds’, reflecting on the conversation I had just had and looking around at all the families, I had a sense of bliss wash over me. Our busy little family had sat in the back corner wedged between the bathroom and garbage can, where the sun rays were beaming in like headlights, almost blinding. Our choice of seats was not by choice but rather luck, as the Playplace was packed full of screaming kids, and we were glad to snag a spot. Our 2 year old and 8 year old had run off to play, the baby was content in her car seat, my husband was off to get the food and I was left to soak it all in.
We had just arrived from a long walk through a local nature park and the kids were hungry. Of course, when asked where they wanted to eat, the two older both declared MacDonald’s. While this was not the preferred restaurant for my husband and I….we agreed that they got to choose….after all it was Family Day. In fact, it was our first Family Day, the first time our province has given us…. a statutory holiday mid-February and it was just what our busy family needed.
So while my husband was off getting the food and the kids were off playing, I was taking it all in, when one of the workers came over to change the overflowing garbage can and struck up a conversation. The typical beautiful day isn’t it, I commented on how busy it was… she replied yes, because of the holiday and we both agreed that it was a nice treat to have this holiday mid-winter. She cooed over the baby, wished me a Happy Family Day and walked away, leaving me to reflect on our conversation, what I was observing and what I was feeling.
Family Day seemed different, looked different, felt different then all the other holidays. I was truly enjoying the day and my kids were at peace, my husband and I were at peace and everyone around me in the crowded, smelly noise filled Playplace appeared to be just as peaceful and content as I and then I realized why…..
Family Day was different..…then Easter, Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Year’s because ……it was our first with…..
• no expectations of how the day would unfold…..
• no expectations to buy the perfect gift or two or three…..
• no expectations to have extended family over for a big meal……
• no expectations to decorate for the holiday….
• no commercialization telling us what we needed to buy, to do, to wear, to have, to make the perfect holiday…….
• NO EXPECTATIONS…………
Just quality time with those we choose to be with.
A simple walk, a simple lunch and the simplicity of quality time with those you love………. pure BLISS❤
The Best Gifts In The World
Are Not In The Material Objects One
Can Buy From The Store,
But In The Memories We Make
With The People We Love