At the dude ranch …
One spring break, our family traveled to a dude ranch
and late one afternoon, as we were finishing up a long and dusty ride
the cowboy in front turned around and said
Well, we can take this here trail, which will get us back in about 15 minutes
or we can take that one over there, which will have us back in 45
and Kate and Cal and I said, in unison
The 15-minute trail!
And Cheryl, at almost the same instant, said
Let’s do the 45-minute one!
At Walt Disney World …
Another time, our family spent a week in Orlando
devoting an entire day to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
We arrived when the gates opened
and frolicked until dark
and as we slowly shuffled our way down Main Street toward the exit
Cheryl made us stop for a photo and said
Who wants to ride Space Mountain one more time?
In Paris …
We spent a whole day walking around Paris
from our hotel to the Notre Dame and Louvre
from the Eiffel Tower back to our hotel
Miles and miles
and then, finally, after settling in to a comfortable chair
with my aching feet propped up on a footstool
How about we go to a souvenir shop and pick out some things for my students?
You see … in the end
We did not choose the 45-minute trail
and we did not ride Space Mountain one more time
but Cheryl and I did go out to a souvenir shop and see Paris at night
and it was one of the most memorable evenings of our lives
Do you know someone
who tries to squeeze an extra 30 minutes of joy out of every single day?
I hope you do.
|At the dude ranch|