Monday, April 19, 2010

Making the Best of it: A lesson for the Kiddos!

This weekend we planned on a camping trip with Tyler's Cub Scout pack. It was the final camping outing of the year and featured the annual Blue & Gold dinner.

On Saturday afternoon, we got to the campground, set up, played for a while and headed over to the banquet hall for the dinner and awards ceremony. The weather was not looking good. During the ceremony, it started to pour. We thought about our campsite and everything that was outside, and we checked the weather forecast on our phones to see was in store for the rest of the night -- the answer was not good. It was going to rain all night and into the next day.

I don't know about you, but rain just kind of takes the fun out of camping for me. So, once we got back to our campsite and saw how soaked everything was, we packed it up and went home. This was not a decision that made Tyler happy -- after all it was the last camping trip of the year, and he was having a ball. There was still a nature walk and a campfire to look forward to.

Paul and I understood how he felt and decided to make the most of it for him. We told the kids we would "camp" on the family room floor! This seemed to help. On the way home in the car, we talked about what fun we had had so far and about how fun it would be to sleep in the family room together.

When we got home, we set up the sleeping bags on the floor, got out the flashlights and told ghost stories in the dark! It was awesome! We totally made the best of it! And, we used this experience to teach the kids about that life lesson -- we all make the grandest of plans, but sometimes, things change. We have two choices -- give up and cry or go out and make the best of it! I choose to make the best of it!

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