In any case, then we left. By the time we hiked to the car, got everyone strapped in and began the sojourn home it was 10:00. (Sometimes being the cool mom is really just a matter of being the mom with a terrible sense of time.) The kids were tired and cranky and you know, leaving the fair.
So, we began a game where we listed all the places that we are sad to leave. Within minutes we were happily flying down the road, giggling about being sad, instead of crying about being sad. Which was a nice change.
Most of mine didn't make sense to my rapscallions, though, so I thought I'd share them with you.
Five Places I Hate to Leave
1. The Shower - If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take two things, they would be a shower and a water heater. If I could only take one, it would be a boat. Because I wouldn't want an island without a hot shower. Hot showers are truly my favorite thing in the world. We have a family joke about how I melt the paint off the walls. It's true. I also take my shower hours apart from my kids because I run the hot water out, no matter what. I'm sorry, is there another way to know when you're done? Add to that the fact that it's about my only moments of absolute privacy and you have it, heaven right in my own house.
2. The Movie Theater - I love the movies. I love movies, in general. Stories blown up for dramatic effect, but I also love the theatre itself. Cold, dark, calm and full of buttery popcorny goodness.
3. My Mom's - You know how they say you can't go home again? It's because they aren't part of my family. I can go home any time I want, stay as long as I like and never want to leave.
4. Disney World - It is the happiest place on Earth, you know.
5. Lowe's - I say a lot that I'll never have the perfect house, because I'd hate it. I would hate it because it would be finished. I am, by nature, a tinkerer and I want to tinker. I want to repaint and rearrange and get a new light fixture and what about crown molding? I've always wanted crown molding. I especially love the tile aisle. I don't know why. I have a couple of projects I'm currently considering involving tile, but even when I don't, I love to go wander around and look at tile. I feel certain that something is wrong with me.
Where do you hate to leave? Where do you love to leave?