Dane had a great idea today, he thought it would be fun to ride our bikes down to the park and have a picnic. He wanted to bring his books along and do his schoolwork at the park and make an afternoon out of it. One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the freedom to take our show on the road. Dane wants to do his learning outside? I'm all for it.
We pack up the schoolwork, make a yummy lunch, (we even baked cookies!) and then I sent Dane out to get the bikes ready. Easier said than done, both our bikes have flat tires. No problem, we can fix that, we get out the tire pump and get to work. Half an hour later we still have 4 flat tires. I was getting frustrated and we were going nowhere so it was time to call in the professional. That would be Steve. He figured out that there was something wrong with the pump, fixed it, then pumped the tires. This took another half and hour and by then Dane and I are starving but glad that we were finally on our way.
We ride off and it's glorious. That lasts for about 5 minutes before my tire blows out.
What did we have to show for our planning and hard work? Not a bike ride on a beautiful September day, not a picnic in the park, not school lessons in the great outdoors. All we had was our utter failure. Apparently when Dane and I are faced with failure we laugh. We laughed as we walked back home, we laughed as we unpacked our picnic and ate it at the kitchen table.
There are days when things just don't go as planned.