How would you like to get Dad and the tribe out of the house tomorrow in a way that INCLUDES fresh air and sunshine and DOES NOT include video games or television? You'll be able to take a nap, read a book (hopefully, Warnings, here's another great review at Amazon), plant a garden, or just have a few minutes to yourself. Sounds good, right?
So, all you have to do is get Dad over to the computer, have him click on the link below, and you're all set. Happy Mother's Day!
Dad, click on the movie link below. It is very short and it'll set the mood for the rest of this post. This was inspired by a article in today's Wall Street Journal:
Kinda gets your blood going, doesn't it?
According to the article, things trains and railroads are having a revival. Your kids love Thomas the Tank Engine, right? OK, since it is now fashionable to go watch trains, take the kids tomorrow!
Go find an active train line (if you don't know where one is near your home, just call your local model railroading hobby shop, they'll be happy to guide you), gather up your girls 3 to 9 and boys 3 to 11 (younger, the horns and bells might alarm them; older and this is a dorky idea, Dad), turn off the Blackberry, and go have fun. Caution: Everyone stay off the tracks and a safe distance away.
On some heavily used lines, you can expect a train about every 30 - 40 minutes (more on Fridays and Saturdays, usually). In between, you walk hand in hand with your kids and pick daisies, look at clouds, whatever. Then, take them to Dairy Queen for a mid-afternoon cone (don't tell Mom, you'll spoil their dinner!) and they'll be asleep in the back seat on your way home with a smile on their faces.
You, and they, might get hooked and have a new father-son and/or father-daughter activity. Regardless, you'll have a great time doing something different tomorrow.
So, take the kids. And, thanks for being a great Dad for spending quality time with your children!
UPDATE Sunday Morning: Parade magazine today has another story about train watching with kids!