The morning flowed perfectly - no rush, no serious mom voice, no mini-tantrums, & most importantly, no traffic. It was beautiful in its simplicity.
We only shared the park with joggers & power walkers as we ambled to the panda habitat. The sun was not yet beating down relentlessly, & the weather was just right.
The pandas sat, unaffected by the onlookers, munching on their bamboo breakfast.
The day continued seamlessly & drama free as we made our way from one environment to another. Periodically, my daughter would grab my hand as we walked & looked at me with a contented smile. My eyes clicked mental pictures of that peaceful expression as I smiled in reply.
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After lunch, we began our journey home, but midway I had to stop to hand off something I sold online. It was a quick transaction at an agreed upon gas station along the way. The guy handed me the $30, & I gladly passed along some old picture frames I purged recently.
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Then it hit me - a light bulb moment.
I spent about $35 for the zoo & lunch, & I received $30 for my old stuff - money out, money in.
I grinned as I thought 'That's awesome. It was almost an even trade for the day.' I quickly course corrected my own realization though.
My useless clutter became money which afforded us a priceless day together.
Truthfully, 'I traded up.'