We took our kids out to dinner and a show last night at Universal Studios Citywalk. It was a blast. We went to see the Blue Man Group, which was 2/3 of our kids’ first time at a real theater show. The oldest one had seen something before on a field trip in Kindergarten. Blue Man Group is fun and pretty clean for the entire family. If you get a chance, it’s worth it to go see them.
After the show was over, we were leaving the theater when I noticed the familiar sound of raindrops hitting the Florida ground outside. For a split second, I thought, “No!!!!!!” Our car was a loooooong way away from where we were, and there was no way to stay covered and dry during the walk back. The crowd was standing under the cover, and we knew that everyone was calculating what we were…should we wait it out or make a run for it in the rain?
We chose to walk in the rain.
We were there to have fun. The idea of going out to dinner and a movie was to make a lasting memory with our family. Since our kids are somewhat older, I decided that we should just embrace getting soaked and walk in the rain. I’m glad we did.
I walked through the rain hand in hand with my little girl and told her, “Jump in the puddles.” She giggled and did it, soaking herself and me in the process. We were all soaked by the time we got near a place we could seek more shelter, but the laughs and experience of doing it made it worth it.
Sometimes I’m too uptight to embrace the spontaneity of running through the rain on a warm evening or even just surprising the kids by jumping in the pool with them in the afternoon. But I have to remind myself that they are only young once, and my job (in part) is to help create memories with them that they will cherish forever.
Maybe today you should choose to run through the rain with your kids. Do something out of the ordinary. Give them an experience that will last a lifetime.
You can dry off later.