I wish I had taken more pictures yesterday. It's a day I want to remember for the rest of my life. There was nothing super special about it, but the sum total was one of those days that you never want to have end. It was Election Day and the kids were off from school. I had made a decision several months ago to take the day as well. As it turned out, the weather was glorious, with brilliant blue skies, some orange and red leaves still hanging on, and temperatures hitting 72 degrees.
Emma and I started the day teaching each other to paint her nails. Now I am a doting father, and I don't get too hung up on gender roles, but this was not something I have done before for her. In between the color and glitter coats, I made her French toast and we chatted about school and Halloween and her friend's pug. She ate every bit of her breakfast and gave me a big hug, burying her buttery face in my shirt and saying, 'That was great, I love you Daddy.'
After we got things cleaned up, it was time to vote. Emma was very interested in voting this year, and she pressed all the buttons for me. We spent some time talking about 'important US symbols' and 'just important American stuff.' I explained what an election was, who we were voting for and why and talked about leaders and decisions. Some pretty big concepts, but she seemed to get them pretty well.
After our civics lesson, Emma begged for some time at the park, so we headed over to the swings and slides and she ran shrieking with joy from one to the other until it was time to go get her brother.
On of john's friends is having some serious family health issues right now, so John had spent the night there, but by lunch time, the air guns and Wii games were kind of boring, so Emma and I went over to pick them up. Everyone was pretty hungry after spending most of the morning outside, so we headed over to Prospector's for lunch on their indoor/outdoor patio. John saw a few of his former classmates from Mount Laurel, we all enjoyed our root beers and watched the Penn State debacle on ESPN.
After that we were looking for a way we could all go the same place for a few hours. The library had books for Emma and newspapers for me, as well computers for John and his buddy. We killed an easy two hours before heading back home.
The boys headed off to the creek to do some exploring and Emma and I enjoyed some reading time out on the porch. She headed off for a bit with a friend for some ice cream and I sat in the late autumn sun and was thankful for a day that had brought me so many small, but special moments.
In the evening it was time to get ready for the next day, organizing lunches, doing neglected homework, following election returns. The day slipped away quietly, but I wanted to make sure I wrote it all down, so that I would always have it. Thanks for sharing it with me!