Sometimes, you only need to look at your own backyard to find lots to enjoy.
The big day finally arrived: T’s cousin A’s big summer visit. He’d only been counting down since they last saw each other at Christmas.
After spending the weekend cleaning, I sat down Sunday afternoon to enjoy a cup of tea, when T ran in screaming, “They’re here!”
I greeted them as they got out of the car and T ran full speed at his cousin to hug her.
Their visit coincided with my long-awaited three weeks off work.
First up: four days with T and his cousin to explore the City, their first visit to Toronto since 2019.
We spent Monday at Royal Ontario Museum, T and A’s first time visiting.
A is a Harry Potter fan and enjoyed the Fantastic Beasts exhibit.
We have yet to introduce the books to T, but he found the whimsical exhibit interesting.
As a kid, I found museums boring. As an adult, I appreciate the amazing historical artifacts on display – such as the China exhibit.
As a fan of the manga, Sailor Moon, I looked in the minerals exhibits for the ones that the villains were named after, including Beryl.
There was so much to see and it felt overwhelming at times.
T is child who will tell you and show you if he’s simply not interested.
There were many moments when he grew restless and whined about wanting to go home.
Thankfully, there were exhibits that he loved – especially the dinosaurs.
It was cool for T to see a T-Rex up close.
This moment of T looking up in wonder at a pterodactyl fills me with joy.
Afterwards, we went to Kensington Market for dinner, a part of the city known for authentic Mexican and Jamaican food.
As we approached the parking lot, I told the kids they were getting ice cream after dinner because they were so good.
“Well, I was not,” said T, referencing the moments he was restless and, frankly, downright irritating.
I chuckled, because this kid is so self aware.
But that comes with the territory of parenting a child like T. You take the good and the challenging and focus on the big picture.
It was a fun afternoon in the grand scheme and that was how I will remember it.
As we know all too well, ice cream doesn’t solve everything – but it never hurts to try!