What would you do if you had an hour to yourself?
She jumped at the idea!
“But I only have a few things to pick up,” I told her.
“Tee Hauss!” she declared with delight!
And then I thought about our jam-packed day. Maybe I could bring the iPad with me to Giant and do some work while she played in the Tree House. Yes, that’s what I’ll do.
Before we left the house this morning, I packed the iPad and keyboard. I could do the grocery shopping in under 15 minutes. That would mean I could have 1 hour and 15 minutes to myself! (The Tree House staff will watch your child while you’re in the store for up to 90 minutes.)
Everything was going according to plan ’til I saw a sign tacked to the Tree House window that declared they were on break and would be back soon.
I tried to understand what a break was to Isabelle.
She just wanted to go inside. In fact, she stood on a bench so she could peek inside. “Markers! Pencils! Kitchen!” she declared as she looked around.
Five minutes passed. No one arrived at the Tree House.
Ten minutes passed. Still no one.
I was about to trigger a toddler tantrum by loading Isabelle into a shopping cart and doing the grocery shopping with her until I had a brilliant idea.
“C’mon. Let’s go to customer service and see when the Tree House staff will be back.”
She walked alongside me down the corridor. I asked and found out, “Oh, they’re short-staffed today. I’ll page someone, but I don’t know if anyone is going to be there.”
“The sign said they were on a break and they’d be back soon. I just want to find out what soon is.”
“I’ll page them,” the lady said.
And she did.
And thankfully, there was a person who was working there. She was on-break. By the time we walked down the corridor she had returned. Within a minute Isabelle was inside, playing with the toys.
Five minutes later I had an iced tea in-hand and was headed for a seat to work on my writing.
As luck would have it, the wifi wasn’t working in the store!
Argh! I tried to connect three times. All three times were unsuccessful.
I gave up and eventually opened Evernote and began working on something I had already been working on. Not my exact plan, but it would have to do. I did get some work done. I’m not complaining. After all, I received an unexpected break after a hectic morning.
What would you do if you unexpectedly had an hour to yourself?