Friday, October 26, 2012
Today was a really wonderful day for me. Every year around this time are the school Harvest Parties for my kids. My little guy is the last elementary student we have. I went to his 3rd grade class today. Having been through many of these gatherings over the years (my oldest Dear Daughter is now 16) I noticed some big differences.
There are only 3 handicap parking places at the school and I had to walk a quarter of a mile from my parking spot. I was able to do this. The pain was there... I'm always in pain on some level, but it was bearable. Once I finally made it to my son's classroom, I also was shocked to find I could actually get in and out of those little tiny kiddie chairs, yes the ones that leave you with your knees about level with your ears so that you feel like a giant grasshopper, not just once but almost a dozen times.
Afterwards I took my little man and we went home to make Spicy BBQ Chicken and Buffalo Chicken Pizza with blue Herbed pizza crust. Yes I said blue. He insisted. I'd had a big egg white omelet with salmon and feta for brunch so I could enjoy dinner with my family.
Having eaten our meal, we packed all six of us in our car, dropped off the oldest at her friend's house and headed to Boy Scout camp for the Monster Mash on this very cold rainy evening. I didn't take the haunted trail through the woods with DH and the kids. I did walk another mile on the road to meet them at the other end. Once again I am thrilled to be able to do this. Last year it was so very hard and utterly painful.
The highlight of my night was yet to come. After they finished their trail and got some drinks and snacks, we headed back out into the dark and rainy night to the hay wagon. I managed to climb the narrow set of stairs and navigate around a shallow ledge with no rails to a seat on a hay bale. I actually got on and off again, which was the more terrifying prospect for me, by myself. The seat of my baggy jeans is damp to prove it. As we drove back home, me with the seat warmer turned up, I marveled at what I have accomplished 40 pounds lighter than last fall.