My 5-year-old daughter finished her pre-K program this week, so we celebrated with the first of my three planned Mommy Days for the summer. These are days when I take each of my three big kids, solo, for a day-long excursion. We get to spend one-on-one time together, doing something the kid finds fun.
My daughter elected to repeat last year’s choice of going to Hersheypark. We left this morning around 8:45 a.m. and got parked and to the ticket booth by about 10:30 a.m. We had planned to stop at the funnel cake stand first thing, but it was closed! We kept coming back to check, and it kept being closed — for much of the day. This did not put us in a wonderful mood to start, and you know how when you really want one particular food, nothing else will do? We were both experiencing that. There were also a TON of student groups there for end-of-year trips. Just as I experienced at the zoo overnight, too many kids with too few adults is a recipe for trouble. My daughter actually got mowed over by two teen girls who were horsing around. There were tears.
Anyway, there were some good moments too. My daughter wanted to go on the Cocoa Cruiser kiddie roller coaster again and again. I think we may have gone on 10 or more times today. Finally, toward the end of the day I convinced her to try the Trailblazer coaster, which is a bigger one. The good news is that, having fortified herself on the Cocoa Cruiser, she was willing to try it. And she really liked it! So that was good. And we finally got funnel cake at 5 p.m. So that was dinner.
It was a lot of driving, and my neck kind of hurts from that, but she was singing in the car on the way home as she played with the stuffed Twizzler character and the stuffed Hershey Bar I bought her. I think that’s a positive sign. In any case, the upside of spending one-on-one time is you have some fascinating conversations. She spouted some real gems in the car. My personal favorite exchange: Her: “Mommy, Christmas isn’t just about getting toys. It’s about celebrating Jesus’s birth.”
Me: “That’s right sweetie.”
Her: “Yes. It’s about celebrating Jesus’s birth by getting toys.”
Now on to the next two Mommy Days! It sounds like they both may want to go to Hershey… I may be tired of it by the end of this summer!