2018 Life Logs, Day 321: Evolving Plans
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 48, Low 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
Heather had mentioned to me that she needed to take the boys off-Cape to do some more clothes shopping today, but we knew they would not want to spend a sunny day riding in the car and shopping. So this morning I sent a text to Heather offering to go with her if she wanted help with the boys. She sent a text back saying she had just learned about a Wampanoag Thanksgiving ceremony at 11 am and she wanted to take the boys to that. I was interested as well, so I got dressed for going to a Thanksgiving ceremony and went to Heather’s. Jed was already gone as he was going to the Yale-Harvard football game in Boston today. When I arrived, all three boys were outside playing soccer with the next door neighbor, Joey, and I could getting them to stop to go shopping or go to a Native American Thanksgiving was not going to be easy. As Heather learned more about the Wampanoag ceremony, it became less enticing. It was actually a four-hour commitment and we knew the boys were not ready for that. So we switched back to the shopping idea. Heather decided to take Sam as he was the one that needed shoes and would need to try them on and leave Jonah and Ollie with me. In the meantime, Jonah had discovered that today was the elementary track meet and he wanted to go to that. As he pointed out, it would be his last chance to run for East Falmouth Elementary as next year he will move on to Morse-Pond School for 5th and 6th grade. Heather had not signed Ollie or Jonah up to run today as she had planned to take them shopping. Well, that all changed. Heather left with Sam to go shopping and I took off for the high school with Jonah and Ollie. It was too late for Ollie to run today, but the 4th graders were running at 11 am, so we had plenty of time to get Jonah signed up. The boys really enjoyed spending time with friends in the high school gymnasium and Jonah really enjoyed participating in the meet. Students from all the elementary school participate in grade level competitions and East Falmouth was well represented. Jonah won a second and a third place ribbon in the two different events, as did next door neighbors Molly and Joey. Everybody was happy, and that’s always a good thing. Later in the afternoon, I took Jonah and Ollie to see the new film version of The Grinch. I think most everyone is familiar with How the Grinch Stole Christmas!–a children’s story by Dr. Seuss about a grumpy green creature who hates Christmas. It is a great story and we really enjoyed our special movie time together. Heather and Sam got home before us and I was invited to stay for dinner and to play games after dinner. It was an unplanned day that just evolved and we all enjoyed it. Even Sam enjoyed going shopping for clothes!