Today was supposed to be the day when I took Alex to the park. We had been traveling so much of late that I had needed the break. The weather though had other plans. It has been raining cats and dogs all night, and the morning wasn’t much better. Dark clouds loomed overhead and I knew that the park wasn’t going to be a good option. It was with a heavy heart that I told Alex that our plans had been cancelled.
Ordinarily, Alex is a very well behaved and understanding child but today he burst into tears. I somehow knew how he felt. I was looking forward to spending some quality time with him and I was disappointed too! I drew him close and comforted him even though I felt horrible myself.
I spent the next hour pottering around the kitchen and making breakfast. That was when I hit on a plan.
Alex had been pestering me for a while to get some Lego friends for him and I hadn’t had the time. Glancing out the window, I saw that the rain had let up for a while. Maybe I could dash down to the nearby store and get him some Lego to play with and pass his day. On second thought maybe it would be a better idea if he came along to choose his own friends.
As can be expected Alex was ecstatic. It wasn’t long before we made our way into the shop and Alex made his solemn choices. He had always been a fan of animals and I watched as he picked out the Lego Vet clinic and the Vet ambulance. With our packages under our arms we made our way home.
We were lucky. It started raining the moment we entered inside. Now it was time for phase two of my plan. Armed with a few pillows and bed-sheets I began to transform the living room into one large playground. I had Alex’s enthusiastic help too. We arranged his Lego friends all around so that it looked like one large jungle. Chairs got transformed into hills and mountains with the placement of strategic bed-sheets and pillows. Tables turned into buildings and homes. It wasn’t long before Alex removed his friends from his older Lego sets. The sound of the rain and the wind added to the mood. We were soon involved in building up an adventure that only a five year old could think off. I never realized that Alex had such a wild imagination! Why, we even rescued a pony from the moon!
The day passed very quickly. For lunch we shared a hot pizza in the middle of our makeshift jungle. It got me thinking. The day had been fun. It brought out the child in me as I watched and played with my little one. As I Gazed out of the window and watched the rain I realized that I had ultimately got what I wanted… Quality time with Alex. Ironically, I couldn’t wait for the next rainy day and for our next Lego adventure.