Keeping up with the grandchildren–and the pause that humbles.

We celebrated the first day of “no more school” summer with a long anticipated trip to Kidspace Children’s Museum in the Rose Bowl area of Pasadena.

The girls love both the indoor and outdoor climbing areas, including a 40-foot apparatus with a bird’s-eye view of the Arroyo Seco area, a water vortex demonstrating the science behind whirlpools and tornadoes,  water play, and time with small animals, insects and tons of freedom to touch and explore.

Girls with Russian Tortoise

Even I climbed up the ant hill, a dark, twisting and rather small tunnel. I patiently followed two active girls while they climbed higher and higher on nets and platforms, chased along the nature paths looking for butterflies, and repeatedly circled the bicycle roadway.

While they lapped up the water play I dodged the giant water guns — protecting the camera. They were soaked!

And that wasn’t all. As we left Kidspace, we finished up the day at the Pirate Park, all a part of the beautiful grounds of the Arroyo Seco Natural Park.

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And I was feeling pretty good about myself–keeping up with two very active little girls.

And then the moment…

Karina looked at me with those big brown eyes, and asked, “Nan? Are you REAL old?”

A four-year old keeping it real. I hope you’ve had some fun and laughter  this week. Humor–and not taking ourselves too seriously, keeps us young in spirit, no matter how old. Yep! That’s what I’m telling myself.

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.  ~Chili Davis