It was so nice to spend an evening with Mom. Olive Garden has redeemed itself in my eyes. Now, I remember why I enjoy going there. The atmosphere is as important as the food to me in a restaurant. I don't just eat and leave. I like to sip a glass of wine and talk until there is no more to say. The last time I went I took my children, it was in the summer and the air conditioning was up so high that we couldn't enjoy our food. We simply paid and left after taking a few bites. We were all cold and what was supposed to be a memory turned out to be nothing more than a waste of money. Yesterday was nice. It made me feel good about moving home and being near family.
Teacher's Night at the Smithsonian was nice too. It was held in the American Indian Museum and looking around it made me want to research my own heritage. There is not so much distance between adult and child although so many like to pretend that there is. I think the teachers enjoyed the "hands on" section as much as any of the children would have... I did.
I guess more than anything it was nice to get out of the house for once and know that the children were fine and I didn't have to rush anywhere.