The Gallery: Happy

When I saw that this week’s Gallery theme was happy I knew exactly what I was going to write about it. It was one of those ordinary days in the Easter holidays, that somehow turned out better than an ordinary day should. And I felt an (unusual) overwhelming sense of happiness all day. And, even better, so did the kids.

I woke excited. This was the day my eldest and my husband were setting off to Snowdon (more on that another time). And, to make it even more amazing, they were taking my son’s best friend They hadn’t seen each other for six months and I was so excited for them. Would they still be best friends? I felt they probably would. My son’s friend is too nice to change just because he lives over 100 miles away and goes to a different school.

Added to this was (I admit) a certain amount of excitement for me at being a single parent of the two younger kids for just over 24 hours. They are both such a delight to be with, and taking one child out of the equation always makes a huge difference to whichever two are left.

Just before my son’s best friend arrived, their other best friend (who went to grammar school, so my son doesn’t see nearly enough of him) arrived to celebrate this momentous occassion. Then my son’s best friend arrived with his whole family. It was just like the old days and I’d forgotten how much I’d missed it. My two boys, my son’s two friends, my son’s friends two little brothers… Boys everywhere – chatting, running around, climbing trees.

Then they set off and it was just me and my two little ones. I took the two of them to the park, along with my younger son’s friend to play football. As we arrived, we saw a kite. Then we realised my daughter’s friend was flying it. My daughter ran over to her friend and he happily handed her the kite to fly without her even asking. She wasn’t sure how to fly a kite, so I helped her. Then I was flying the kite.

The sun was shining and it was the best feeling in the world. The kids were running around chasing the kite like excited dogs. They took it in turns to fly it and to launch it. The football was completely forgotten. The sun was shining for the first time in weeks. They were having the best time.

But they wanted ice cream. They had it in their heads the ice cream van would be there, even though I told them it wouldn’t. The sun was shining, but the wind was still cold. So I did them a deal. Don’t mention the ice cream again and I ‘might’ think about it for later.

We had tea at a local cafe, just the three of us. But no ice cream. Then I told them we were off.

But what about the ice cream?

I had a plan. We walked the five minute alonside the dual carriageway from one retail park to the other (not exactly a beautiful walk, but still) and went to McDonalds for a a McFlurry.

As we walked back along that windy dual carriageway and they ate their ice creams, my son said ‘This is the best day ever.’

And do you know what? I kind of agreed with him. It was such a simple pleasure, but we were all so happy.

This post was written in response to a prompt from Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme ‘happy’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ahhh sounds like a really blissful day. It’s sometimes the very ordinary that make the happiest moments isn’t it?

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  2. Lovely post. I’ve never managed the kite flying but I guess it must be quite an exhilarating feeling!

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  3. Sounds like a perfect day out – often find the more unplanned, simple ones are; when you just see how it goes and it all feels like a bit of an adventure. Ice cream helps too!

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  4. Always easier when you have one less child (even when you only have two in the first place!) Flying kites is great – their is a freedom about it. This reminds me we need to get the kite out that Santa brought my eldest for Christmas!

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  5. Sounds like a great day out! Those days are definitely make me happy too.

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  6. We’ve never been able to get a kite off the ground so this must have been a great experience. Plus a McDonalds to end the day!

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  7. Brilliant pic – I used to love kite-flying and look forward to doing it with my girls!

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  8. What a brilliant day. We love kite flying. Looking forward to reading about the trip to Snowdon x.

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  9. Simple pleasures are often the best! We fed the ducks today, it was lovely!

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  10. Awww so sweet, It’s lovely when a day turns out to be special without really planning it that way.

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  11. Thanks very much, everyone, really appreciate your comments. Simple days often are the best – no stress to travel anywhere to create those special memories. Feeding the ducks is great fun, Sonya! And I think we might invest in our own kite after enjoying a borrowed one so much!

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  12. This post makes my heart soar…I know exactly what you mean and have been nodding all of the way through it! It’s the simple days, the ones where there are no particular expectations, which are always the best. I also totally ‘get’ that thing of taking one out of the equation…doesn’t matter which one in our house, it always makes for a more harmonious day 🙂 I was so torn today as had some lovely photos for ‘happy’ but as it was my bloggy birthday, had to go for that…

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  13. Thanks very much, ladies 🙂 You are me are so alike, Suzanne! You could have posted a day late – I find I get a lot of views later in the week on my Gallery posts or you could have gone into the post twice a day territory… I must admit I’ve started that a bit lately, which is probably really bad as it proves how addicted I am!

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  14. Lovely post and a beautiful photo, it does sound like a very happy day out. Hopefully spring will properly arrive so we can have more days like that Bee x

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  15. It certainly was a lovely day, ladies, thanks very much for commenting! We certainly live in hope of spring coming soon, Bee! 🙂

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