Monday was a rough day to start. Someone lashed out at me from anger and personally attacked me.
First of all, I know what they said wasn’t true.
But it wrecked me all day. It’s a thousand seeds of self doubt that just reign upon you saying “is that what people think of me?” and “what if it’s true?” even though you know it’s not.
No matter how many times I thought that it wasn’t really about me, it was just out of anger and I was the closest victim, it’s been hard not to think about.
Actually all I wanted to do at that time was go pick my kids up from the friends house where they were and drive home to curl up on the couch in fuzzy pajamas.
But something in my heart just said no – don’t let it dictate your day.
Mr. Byrd told me that I really just needed to move forward and put all of that behind me and he was right (just don’t tell him I said so).
So even though I really wanted to just go home and hide in the safety of my house, we chose to go on another adventure.
I know – lately there’s been some crazy adventures around here lately.
This time instead of heading north to Fort Worth, we headed south to Galveston.
There’s this park on the feeder road right before you get to Galveston that I’ve wanted to visit for years.
I drive by there occasionally and see these huge boulders underneath a tree in the middle of a marsh and my love of beautiful views just quietly sighs.
So even though it took me having to turn around 3 times to find out how to get to that portion of the feeder road, we stopped and we explored.
We ran along the path, dug for the little crabs that live on the edge of the marsh, climbed that tree and all the boulders that surround it. It turns out that up close the boulders are really huge pieces of granite.
It was amazing.
Part of me wanted to just head back home after the park but we were so close to Galveston and LA Kings Confectionary that we continued south to the land of amazing ice cream and homemade saltwater taffy. (I might or might not be eating buttered popcorn taffy right now – yum.)
We had ice cream for dinner and grabbed a bag of taffy before walking along the historic strand district.
Then we hopped back into the car and checked out the amazing architecture of the historic buildings while we slowly made our way to the Sea Wall and the beach.
We might have had a conversation about if there were cars back in the day when I was born or not. For some reason my kids think I was born in the early 1900’s.
Finally we arrived at the Sea Wall and parked to head down to the beach.
The girls all had their bathing suits in the van but I told them that we were just going to walk along the water, not get in it so they didn’t need their swimsuits.
Then the littlest one fell in the water immediately and the plan to just walk along the water flew out the window.
We stayed as the sun started to glow in yellow and pink tones.
Then we finally loaded back up in the van where the girls discreetly changed into the dry bathing suits for the ride back home to north Houston.
Yup, we did things backwards.
But the point is that we did them.
Instead of letting someone defeat me out of anger – we embraced the day.
We said yes and chased new adventures.
My kids learned about history and eco systems. We brought learning to life.
But most importantly, I continued to learn that the only opinion of me that really matters is by the ones that I love and love me in return.