Today is the second day of school. Summer is over.
I think this has been one of out best summers. It seems as the kids get older, the summer gets easier. We picked a few camps for them to attend- now it’s more sleep away camps. We planned some down days, and we planned some adventure days.
I have had a list of places I have wanted to go, but time has always escaped. However, this year I planned ahead. We did 2 museum days in Dallas.
The second trip was inspired by the trip Kate’s girl scout troop made to Austin at the beginning of the summer. The troop was working on a government badge and we visited the LBJ library, the UT campus, 2 tours of the state capital, Congress bridge bats, swimming, BBQ and lots of fun. As we toured the LBJ library, I thought what a fun history lesson to connect to Dallas. SO, I rented the 3 hour long documentary on JFK and we all watched it. Then we went to Sixth Floor Museum, Old Red Museum and lunch at Klyde Warren Park.
The best part of all these trips is the undivided attention I have from my kids and they have from me. We have had some of the best conversations, funniest moments and we have no distractions. There was one teachable moment that really stood out.
We took a trip to Lawton, OK to get a burger. (yes, its part of my discovering the 5 best burgers in OK) It was about a 3 hour trip one way. Meers store and restaurant used to be a mining cabin, but now serves burgers. It also serves a lot of service men and women due to Ft. Sills located a few miles away. As we were eating lunch, we noticed a young man dressed in fomal military attire eating with his family. The kids asked about him, and I told them that he probably came from the base we passed on the way in. When it came time to checkout, I told our server that we would pick up the service mans bill. The owner said that they were nervous about having time to eat since he had to be back for graduation ceremony.
For about an hour of the ride home we talked about creating a ripple effect of “doing good” or “paying it forward”. Small things that we do for one another can have a great impact. Just recognizing someone, eye contact and a smile, showing appreciation and gratitude can go a long way. What is your ripple effect?