Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Beginner's Luck
Yesterday John brought both kids to the Museum of Natural History. Alone.

John and outings with the kids alone is not a frequent occurrence in our house although he is quite adept at the park with two kids. But there haven't been real extended outings that much and I was worried about it if I can be honest. He was venturing into the city with both kids, one of whom has not behaved all that well in a museum setting in the past. I was fully prepared for mayhem, multiple phone calls, perhaps the filing of a missing persons report or detainment in the security office of the museum.

Before leaving for work I entertained the thought of leaving a perfectly packed snack bag for the kids, along with instructions on how, when and where to dole out said snacks and an extra Metro-Card for the subway just in case.

Somewhere around 8:20am I said "screw it" and went to work. My husband, afterall, is an adult. One who's been a parent for several years now. If he hasn't figured it out by now...well, he probably won't.

Apparently, when left to his own devices, the man can improvise and improvise well. He is not helpless, even if he has in the past asked me upon returning from the grocery store where we keep the ice cream.

He picked up the kids, dropped off their bags and backpacks at home and then ventured out to museum with one diaper, a couple of baby wipes, two juice boxes and a snack bag of pretzels for each kid. He didn't even bring a stroller. He just hoofed it over to the subway and went. Just like that.

The museum trip was a success. The kids rooked him into buying toys at the gift shop and had a blast. I heard all about the "giant squid!" and the "big whale!" John said it was exhausting and that he was tired and worn out but I could tell he had fun, too. Then we shared a bottle of wine because this elixir, it is not only a cure-all for when the kids have been difficult but it is also a great way to celebrate the small victories, too.


Blogger Andie said...

Congrats on the successful trip!

Anonymous Mom said...

Kudos to John, glad he had a great time with the kiddies. John is one of the best Dads i know!!! Hope you two enjoyed that bottle of wine. Warm enough to sit outside???? Probably not. Love to all, Mom

Blogger CatMar said...

It's good John had a pleasant outing with the kids. Now, he just might look forward to doing it again.

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