I do admit that a day at the zoo with friends or a trip to the beach with family is fun, but often my favorite times with my son, are the spontaneous ones.
They often begin with my son uttering the word "bike" and simply patting his head wanting his helmet on. We leave the house without a diaper bag or destination. The cell phone has been forgotten on the kitchen table, along with soothers, sippy cups, a wallet and everything else I usually need to get passed the driveway or into the car. Sometimes we just cruise up and down the neighbourhood streets, feeling fancy free. Sometimes we hunt for diggers and all the new construction sites. Sometimes we ride by a lookout to say hello to the ferry boats or goodbye to the sun. Sometimes we end up at the park for underducks on the swing or at the beach throwing rocks.
There is zero cost, planning and worry.
It is in these moments that I am completely present and happy. So is he. These are my favorite times with my son.
My Mother's Day, which had it's rough spots, ended with one such little trip. And it was perfect.