Our day started with a broken Nintendo 3DS–my son’s golden amulet, the source of joy and power for this seven-year-old.
The plastic corner covering the right hinge broke off because he was running with it in hand (I’m looking for a solution, until then, no 3DS [or new one!]). So it put a damper on the afternoon since we were headed to the park to enjoy the few glorious summer days we tundra-living Seattle folk get to experience and I thought we would be able to do it tear-free. Nathan was in an understandably poor mood which was only lifted with pizza from Subway.
He is the only person I know who orders pizza from Subway. He’s cool with that.
I love bringing my boys to parks. It’s like I’m setting animals free into the wild, where they can be themselves. At first we start out walking toward the playground together, but soon these boys shoot past me–their loving mother–until I’m a figure in the distance.
I love it. I love being outdoors. I love how their sweat collects on their shirts. I love how their hands and feet are smudged with dirt. I consider all this proof of life, signs that they were living and having fun without data plans or video games or anything that dares to tell my boys to stay still.
Coca-Cola is issuing a challenge to all Americans this summer, asking everyone to “Take It to the Park.” Get active and vote for your favorite park to win $100,000 as part of the America Is Your Park campaign. Visit www.Coke.com/parks for more information.
GIVEAWAY SUPER BONUS TIME!
I have a Coca-Cola beach ball plus a $20 Subway giftcard to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do is use social media to post a picture of you and/your family being active at a park with the hashtag #TakeItToThePark. Leave a comment below containing the link to your blog, facebook, twitter, instagram, or other social media post and boom! You’re in!
Giveaway ends July 15th. I will email the winner. Good luck!
Coca-Cola provided me with an activity pack to take to a park, plus a $20 Subway gift card for my own family. These opinions are all my own.