My God, has it been a long, cruel winter or what?
School was seemingly out every Wednesday from Christmas until March and the weekends were far too packed with snow, ice, frigid temperatures and not nearly enough time outside.
So, this week’s 50- and 60-degree offerings were an absolutely welcome feeling after these last few months.
As much as I would have liked the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District to cut a few Spring Break days to shorten the school year a bit, the kids being out this week with such glorious weather almost makes it worth going to school until June.
Running a one-man business means I didn’t plan anything out of town for Spring Break week for Addy and me. That’s on the list, though.
What this spring break week has reminded me, though, is that the walks, talks and time with Addy will be forever etched in my mind.
Since spring finally decided to makes its entrance into our lives this week, spring soccer arrived as well. Addy’s Unicorns (yes, they’re the Unicorns) practiced twice this week and I took that Monday practice opportunity to get a few miles in at Lowenstein Park. I absolutely love that picturesque trail and the serenity of a few thousand steps there.
Spring Break week also meant some time going over NCAA brackets with Addy. This was new territory with her so we had to go over a few ground rules: yes, the lower number means they’re (in theory) a better team; yes, you can pick Georgia State just because you have a friend by that name; no, I don’t think the mascot for Villanova is a supernova; yes, I think Gonzaga will win it all because that’s where grandpa went to school.
Spring Break week included our usual Wednesday afternoon drum lessons and our monthly trip to the Pro Deo Youth Center board of directors meeting. I am so impressed when Addy quietly reads while dad has to do his “dad stuff” as she calls it. But here’s the thing: she’s always listening. On the way home, I was quizzed about what we do with all the money we raised at Trivia Night and her ideas of who else should be on our board (Dwight from The Office).
Walking downtown, impromptu play dates with friends, a jaunt to Sonic to celebrate the longer days and lingering sunlight, a little sidewalk chalk and kind words that fill my heart with joy.
It was a pretty perfect Spring Break, all in all.
We didn’t travel, but we sure got a lot of miles in.
Editor's Note: John Beaudoin is a Lee's Summit resident and award winning writer and former newspaper publisher in the Lee's Summit community. Views and opinions expressed in his columns do not necessarily reflect those of Link 2 Lee's Summit, it's employees or any other guest contributors.