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No Room at the Zoo

Tuesday, April 03, 2012



So, I thought I'd take the kids to the National Zoo in DC today for Spring Break today with my cousin and her children. Well, unfortunately, hundreds of others had the same idea. We left home early, but when we arrived, they wouldn't even let us in the entrance of the zoo and directed us to make a u-turn and leave. There weren't any spaces in any of the parking lots. I hadn't anticipated that happening.

"Oh, no! What are we going to do instead?" I shouted to my cousin who was driving a separate car behind us. "We'll have to go back home," I worried.

"Let's head down to the Mall, ride the carousel and picnic on the grass instead," she quickly exclaimed.

Still, I was pessimistic. "Isn't every other parent with kids on Spring Break, not to mention thousands of tourists, going to be down at the Mall?" I thought to myself.

"It's "Cherry Blossom Time" too, with it being more crazy than ever. How will we ever find parking? How will I ever parallel park my husband's big 'ol car if we do find a spot? Do I have enough cash on hand if we park in a garage?....What if we get separated and I get lost?" The negative inner dialogue went on and on. You'd think we were heading to the moon.

But I didn't let those inner voices get in my way and make me turn around. I just followed my cousin and kept on going.

So, we got down there in no time at all and ended up finding lots of parking near the Monument. I even parallel parked without any trouble at all, and then we walked all around the Lincoln, WW2 and Korean War Memorials. Next we drove to the waterfront to see the fish market in action---never had been there before--and had a great time having a picnic, playing ball and watching the planes take off at the park on the river near the airport. The cousins--both kids and adults--all had a terrific time. It was a picture perfect day.

Found today's events to be a great metaphor for how I am with dieting and sticking with my plan..... when I'm on this journey or when a curve ball is thrown, I need to remember to ignore the negative inner voice that tells me I can't do it, that it won't work, that I shouldn't even try... and be positive instead. Great things await me if I stick to it, be positive and focus on the goal ahead.

"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile."--Author Unknown
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GAYEMC 4/6/2012 9:00PM

    Great blog Nancy, and good insight. You also brought back fond memories of the last time I was in DC. Went to the Korean and Viet Nam memorials. Both impressive. I don't know about the carousel. I did go to see the Pandas at the zoo about 6 years ago.

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BLACKROSE_222 4/4/2012 1:56PM

    Fantastic story and blog! Thanks so much for sharing that attitude!

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