That joke, like many, is funny because it rings true to a certain extent. This Spring has been one of those memorable ones which reinforce the humor in that joke. It has been a sad and soggy affair here in the Pacific Northwest of late and this Father's Day was no exception.
In fact, the moisture threatened to put a damper on our 'holiday' plans of taking Lukas to a kiddie themed amusement park. However, glancing to the west at ominous dark clouds, we soldiered on as we loaded up the car amidst a developing fine mist, and prepared for the 45 minute drive out to the park.
Not surprisingly, along the way the mist turned into rain, the rain into outright showers. And as the weather continued to deteriorate, our mood conversely became more and more anxious. Mrs. LIAYF planned this as a Father's Day event and really wanted it to be fun. "Should we abort and go somewhere dry?" Mrs. LIAYF asked about 10 minutes in. This was not an easy call as we were also meeting another couple along with a friend of our sons at the park. They would most likely already have been there.
We drove on.
There were times, as we got closer that it appeared the rain was letting up. Then we would round another bend and the intensity would once again pick up, perhaps two-fold. The mood was obviously deteriorating even further as we pondered a soggy afternoon of pretending we were having fun. I think I once or twice threw out a gem like "Man....It really IS raining.".
And after Mrs. LIAYF, for the second or third time asked "Should we just find them and go somewhere else?" I realized we needed a change in attitude and, censoring myself for the 3 year old in back, delivered a scaled down version of Clark Griswold's inspirational speech about making it to Wally World in the first Vacation movie.
It turned out to be exactly what we needed as we both laughed and continued to make jokes about how much fun we'd have at the 'Water Park'. Then once we arrived we met a dad with an iphone who checked a weather radar map and let us know the rain would stop in less than an hour. 45 minutes later it did just that.
I need an iphone.
Anyway, we went on to have an awesome time in the nearly empty park. I had a blast going on rides with Lukas, spending time with my lovely wife, and visiting with our new friends. It was a nice lesson in letting go and making the best of what you have planned.
It turned out to be the perfect Father's Day.