I'd Rather Go On a Date With My Kid Anyway

kid on slide with momI was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day and remarking about how much fun I have when I'm out with my kid. Of course part of it is just having a little person who's literally enthralled with, well, everything. But the main reason is because she's such an easygoing soul.

One of her favorite things to do is blow bubbles. Do you know how much fun it is to blow bubbles? Countless hours of fun can be spent outside in the grass enjoying the summer breeze and chasing bubbles.

The interesting part is that I've mentioned that to friends of mine of the female persuasion and they said they'd love to just go outside and blow bubbles. Hmmm.

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Same thing with taking a walk in the park. My kid LOVES going to this park that has a lake because we get to look at ducks. The ducks couldn't care less and pay us no mind. But my daughter swears that they're her personal best friends. All 200 of them. And you know what, my lady friends have told me that that ALSO sounds like a great way to spend the day. Hmm.

Don't even get me started on the playground. Hee!

Could it be that spending time with my child has unlocked the badge to "Economical Quality Time"? Somehow, all of the things my daughter likes to do most are also things that women I've talked to would love to do. Sure they want to go to eat dinner too, and see plays, but taking a walk around a lake and blowing bubbles seems to sound ... fun.

And yet, I'm almost entirely positive that there'd be no better date than my daughter. She never gets tired of playing outside and somehow that same lake we visit every weekend is brand new to her every time. Bubbles? Same thing. Hell, my kid thinks going to Wal-Mart is the greatest.thing.ever. Which it can be. I let her run up and down the aisles and she's as happy as a pig in slop.

Yep, kids are the most fun dates ever. They're genuinely just happy to be there with you, and at some point, they're going to beg to take a nap, something all grown-ups could benefit from. As long as you tell them that you love them a couple of times and let them run around freely, that little monster will have the time of his or her life. What could be better? I've never been on a better date than with my kid.

Imagine that.

 

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