Wednesday, March 3, 2010
How a Dozen Mice Saved the Day
Last Sunday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
In spite of a very nice morning at church, a bad spirit seemed to hang over our house. Todd had gone to France AGAIN without me, and grouchiness reigned with just me and my boys. Hormones were reeling, feet were stomping, voices were yelling, doors were slamming. And that was just me!
"We need to get out of the house," said my eleven year old.
"Why?" I asked him, clinging to my crossword puzzle.
My eleven year old gave me a look. As if I didn't know why.
"I've got an idea," he said. "But it might seem kind of babyish."
I put down the crossword. The child never wants to look babyish. We must do whatever he says.
We did it, and it turned our beast of a day into sunshine! Into happiness!
I thought you might like to hear about it, and then maybe you can share what you do to break a bad mood. Maybe I could even put together a file of your ideas, for the next time Todd leaves me for France.
So what did we do? We went on a mouse hunt on Main Street in downtown Greenville.
Are you acquainted with Goodnight Moon? It's a children’s picture book about a rabbit getting ready for bed, and there's a mouse hidden in each scene. A young man in our town thought it might be fun to take this idea and make a scavenger hunt for kids on Main Street. He raised the funding and commissioned Zan Wells, a local sculptor, to make the individual mice. You can read more about his project here.
So we headed downtown and got started.
With all the grumpiness, we hadn't noticed that it really was a gorgeous day.
Sam had printed off the sheet of clues, and away we went.
Here's mouse #1!
They were tricky to find.
They could be anywhere. Down low...
Or up high.
Do you see it?
Take a closer look.
And here's the last one.
At the feet of General Greene.
He's quite the patriotic mouse, as you can see.
At the end of the hunt, we enjoyed some hot cocoa at the real treasure of Greenville, Falls Park. Fresh air and chocolate--the sure way to recapture the goodness of a day.
So how do you do it? What do you do when a dark mood sets in?
Have a great Wednesday, y'all!
PS. Enjoy a walk around downtown Greenville!