I had to run a few errands today and decided that it might mix things up a bit if TLP and I WALKED together... instead of driving. Wow.... I am sooooooooooo glad that we did. What a FUN time we had walking, talking, laughing, and connecting.
We started out in the direction of the pharmacy. That was, until my husband called me on the cell phone and told me that we needed kitchen garbage bags. Being a bit thrifty (Ha Ha)... I knew that garbage bags would be cheaper at one of our small local stores... so our first stop was to that little store. We bought the garbage bags... and decided to also pick up some caramels for THE KING's Caramel Jar in his office. So then our next stop was to THE KING's office... where we tiptoed in quietly... placed the caramels in the back room... and quietly slipped away.
From there, we walked to the pharmacy... where TLP sat in the Massage Chair and pampered himself a bit while we waited for the pharmacist to fill our prescriptions. Then we browsed around the store a bit... until I saw them. THEM being... the boxes of Marshmallow Peeps.
"Hey... do you like Marshmallow Peeps?," I asked TLP.
"Yes," he said.
"I always LOVED Marshmallow Peeps when I was a kid!!!! Maybe we should buy some."
" Okay," TLP said smiling.
"So.... what color do you want to get? They have PINK, YELLOW and BLUE."
"LET'S GET THE BLUE ONES," he said excitedly.
I hesitated for just a second as I thought. "BLUE PEEPS.... OH YUCK!!!!! I'LL HAVE BLUE TEETH.... AND A BLUE TONGUE!!! DOUBLE YUCK!!!!,"
" Okay....," I said smiling. "Let's get BLUE PEEPS."
We had a great time walking back home from the pharmacy... eating our Marshmallow Peeps. They were much SWEETER and SUGARY than I had remembered them being as a child... but we enjoyed them just the same.
"Let me see your tongue," I said smiling."
"What?????," TLP said looking confused.
"Stick your tongue out and show it to me. Is it blue?"
TLP stuck out his tongue and I laughed. Then I stuck out my tongue.
"Is mine blue too?," I asked smiling.
"Yep," he said looking at me smiling. "Your tongue is blue."
"You want another one?," I asked as I put the box in front of him. "I want another one."
"Sure," he said smiling.
We both ate three BLUE Marshmallow Peeps as we walked home. We stopped to listen to the birds singing. They were beautiful. We noticed this really cute shed in somebody's back yard and stopped to talk about it. It was then that I realized that I had driven past that house hundreds of times (at least) and that I had never before noticed that cute little shed. Yet today, we were standing on the sidewalk admiring it together. After that, we stopped in front of another house to check out a boat.
I am soooooooooooooooooo glad that we decided to walk instead of driving today. So glad that I decided that I could take that big risk and get a blue tongue. So glad that we were able to talk... and hear the birds singing... and CONNECT a bit more with each other.
I don't know about all of you... but I intend to slow down from now on. I want to walk... and stop to listen to the water rushing in the creek... and talk to the neighbor’s dogs when they talk to me... and close my eyes and hear the beauty in the tune of the birds.
Life's FLYING past all of us very quickly. Society tells me I'm 43 years old and supposed to be a grown up... but when you have kids... sometimes you just have to stop and act like a kid to connect with them.
From now on... I'm going to take some time to laugh... and be silly... and have fun... and eat blue candy... and stick out my tongue... because being an adult all the time is just way too depressing.
You should try it sometime too.