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#1 Daughter wanted to see Big Hero 6, #2 Daughter wanted to see Book of Life, and #3 Daughter had a Barnes & Noble giftcard burning a hole in her pocket. Dad wanted to go to the Asian grocery and get Korean food for lunch, which was excitedly agreed to by the Daughters 3, So it was time for a road-trip.
After much pondering, I made an executive decision that this time we would go to Ann Arbor instead of Toledo, and then the schedule was determined by the time the grocery opened (11:00), when the movie began (1:35), and a route that didn’t involve backtracking. It was a tight schedule, but instead of fretting we just played it as madcap adventure time.
So we left the house a little after 10 so we could get up to Ann Arbor just as the Asian grocery opened at 11. We needed a couple of staples that were running low at home, and the kids got some snacks (Pocky, choco pies, and shrimp chips, the latter of which were gone long before we got home).
We got out of the Asian grocery store more quickly than usual, so we were running ahead of schedule. But the internet told us that Kang’s restaurant on South University didn’t open until 12, so I didn’t think that would do us any good. But hallelujah it opens earlier than that so when we strolled in at 11:30 there were already people eating. We enjoyed a lunch of dukbokki, kalbi, and curry rice with some sides of kimchi. The dukbokki and kalbi were new dishes for us, and both were great.
Having started eating earlier than planned, we had time to walk down the street to Momo’s for bubble tea. For the uninitiated, this is a flavored tea with tapioca bubbles that you suck up through an extra large straw. The tea’s fine, but I find the tapioca bubbles feel nasty in my mouth. The Daughters, however, think it’s great, so I’m happy to indulge.
Then over to the bookstore, where I had feared we’d be very tight on time, since we were constrained by the movie start time. But we were still enjoying the gains of having started lunch 1/2 hour earlier than planned, so we had enough time to wander. #3 Daughter burned through part of her gift card, #2 Daughter spent her allowance, and I bought a Discovery magazine because it has a cover article on “Caves of the Maya” that I can use for my Belize class next term, and an inexpensive Volume 1 of the Complete Sherlock Holmes (having never read even a single Holmes story before), and at checkout agreed to the clerk’s suggestion to buy a book for a kid at the children’s hospital.
Then it was off to the movie theater, arriving at 1:32, where #s 1 and 3 Daughter checked out Big Hero 6, and #2 Daughter and I walked into the theater for Book of Life just as the previews were beginning–our timing couldn’t have been better. It’s a pretty good movie, not great. The basic story’s fairly typical, but it’s set against a nice backdrop of Day of the Dead and a wager between the lords of the underworld. A plenty good enough way to cap off the day’s fun.
Then, on the way home, #2 Daughter cracked open her brand new book and found a sticky note that read, “I love you.” That was the real capper on the day for her.
Sometimes you just have to put aside all the stuff on the to-do list and go play with the kids. That’s how memories are made.
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