I didn't mean to be gone quite so long, but you know how it goes... First, my parents come into town and then spring break comes along and before I know it, I've forgotten how to blog. Be careful, it could happen to you too.
But I'm back. With the remains of a sunburn that are fading into a tan, and a long list of items that have been fixed by my dad around my house. I couldn't be happier.
The problem with being gone for so long is that I feel compelled to write about it all, because it was enchanting, but (lucky for you) I don't have that kind of attention span. So, I will just summarize a few of the truths I discovered spending a week with my parents, and then a week on vacation:
- Having my parents stay is like having kindly, live-in servants. Rich people are so lucky.
- If we set our minds to it, we really can eat an entire giant bowl of fruit in one week.
- Take time to wander in small shops; they could be selling magic pants.
- A trip to the beach is not the same without the bacon ice cream store.
- Field of Dreams is actually a very strange story. How did we miss that in 1989?
- Some gas station food is actually good.
- Watching your parents with your kids is one of life's treasures.
- The cherry blossoms in Washington, DC are worthy of every lovely adjective sent their way.
- Speaking of adjectives, the only ones worth using in Mad Libs are: poopy, chunky, smelly, and pimpled.
- The best Mad Lib nouns are: poo, poop, turd, diarrhea, armpit, and pee.
- Taking a tour of the nation's capitol is even more fun when your nephew is leading it.
- The best Smithsonian cafeteria is in the American Indian museum.
- If you're a mom or a grandma, a trip to a cool grocery store can feel like a trip to Disneyland.
- Dropping my parents off at the airport will always make me cry. Always.
- Packing for vacation can keep your sad heart occupied.
- A ten-hour road trip seems exponentially shorter when started at 7 am instead of 2 pm.
- When in doubt, rent the minivan.
- My oldest child is becoming an adolescent, which means that I am becoming an agnostic.
- Some Subway employees are not worthy of the title "Sandwich Artist."
- The sound of the ocean is very good for the soul.
- Mexican food, as it turns out, is also very good for the soul.
- There is no shame in eating Mexican food every day.
- There are no wiggly pigs anywhere in the Piggly Wiggly.
- If you really concentrate, fried okra is almost as delicious as fried Oprah.
- Never miss an opportunity to wander a tiny, used bookstore.
- No matter how long you're gone, the dog will always be happy to see you again.