I’ve had my daughters for two weeks and two days of our extended summer. The past few months have been a little rough because they have all been sick off and on for most of this year, even to the point of my youngest needing to see a lung specialist. In the first few days, the coughs went away and have not been heard since. The first night was a hoot. The two youngest were so wound up and anxious, they couldn’t fall asleep. This general anxiety has hung on, though it appears to be getting a little better. No particular cause for it. None of the girls feel their mom listens to them. I’m sure this is a common malady between most girls and their mom, but the general perception is their mom defers to her boyfriend and his daughter more than them. All of this concerns me of course since my oldest is going into high school and my second is nearly a teen, but I don’t have a very good line of communication with their mother. It is frustrating to say this least.
Why make it harder?
If the father of your kids wants to spend more time with them, why would you prevent that? If you could have more free time, why not take advantage? If your only weapon left is to use the other parent’s time, maybe you should end the war.
I actually had to ask for extra time with my daughters for Father’s Day. Even more hilarious is that I got pushback and had to show it was permitted in the divorce decree.
So my cousin and her lovely wife Jane were at a pride parade being amazing in stilts and colorful costumes made by Regina Armenta when Jai Brooks captured this photo.
This was then turned into a painting by the talented Joan Cox.
Mineral Wells for a day
We decided to take the day and head out to Mineral Wells. The first stop was Mineral Wells Fossil Park. It is a little tricky to get to. The turnoff from 180 comes up quickly after the sign for Indian Creek. You go down a bumpy road that turns into a dirt road and then you are there. We go there and with no one around and had the whole place to ourselves for hours. It had rained the day before, so the ground was still damp, but the surface rocks were easier to find. The day was cool and overcast which was perfect for being out a while. We found stacks of fossils, mostly Crinoid columns, lots of colored stones and deer tracks. The girls loved it and it was hard to leave.
Our next stop was Mineral Wells State Park. We made our way to Penitentiary Hallow up on a bluff where there are large rock walls, small canyons and caves to explore. We had lunch and headed out. We had a lot of fun and Abby is such a little daredevil, we need to keep pretty close to her. It is a fine line between being and overprotective parent and just making sure your kids stay say when you are out there. Things were going fine until Abby tripped and bruised up her leg. Even that would have been fine, but I had brought my large flashlight (four cell) and had it zipped in my back pack. I bent over to help and the damn light found the 4 inch opening I had left, slipped out and smacked her on the head. Of course, it was the slightly sharper lens edge and gave her a little cut. Some panic ensues, so I carry her up out of the spot we were in, mom takes her to clean her head and see what we are dealing with. They come out and we decide it is not back enough to warrant going home just so we go back down, but to the lake this time where we mostly just sit up on a rock and look out over the water.
I felt horrible. Watching that damn light fall on her head made me feel like an idiot. She’s ok and the day was fine, but just dumb things like that put a huge wet blanket on an other wise perfect day.
We finished by going to the little shop there. I got them each a little candy and we fed the ducks. The drive back was fine with only a few arguments breaking out. By then end, we were all worn out which was what I really wanted.