There are many things that you can safely assume will take a specific amount of time.
- Watching a baseball game - 3 hours
- Checking your personal email during work - 30 minutes
- Watching a sitcom - 21 minutes (with Tivo)
- Having your oil changed - 15 minutes
- Solving a Soduko - 9 minutes (easy version)
- Brushing your teeth - 3 minutes
- Waiting at a typical Florida traffic light - 3 minutes
- Changing a baby's diaper - 3 minutes
- Returning clothes at the GAP? 3 minutes? Come on!
Has a clothing return ever taken 3 minutes? or 15 for that matter! Thankfully Peyton had received Finding Nemo for her birthday and we could at least watch that again as we waited in the car. We had only seen it 4 times up to that point. I think Tara knew she was in trouble when she stepped out of the vehicle and looked around at the labyrinth-like shopping plaza. It would take at least 3 minutes to find the store, 5 to explain why she was returning the clothes, 5 to explain that she had a crying baby in the car (in truth, a fish-induced hypnotized baby) and another 8 making phone calls apologizing for taking longer than the original 3 minutes. For the record, it takes 28 minutes.
We made it to Sanibel, the top-rated beach in the US for seashells, just before sunset and had the fun of watching a 2 year old exploring the spoils of a storm-tossed seashell strewn beach. Sea Slugs, Pen Clams, Sand Dollars, Scallops and Starfish all lined the edge of the surf. Hard to imagine what a baby must think of it all.
Regardless of the gap of time lost to the opposite of shopping, every minute spent on the beach with the baby was worth the wait. For anyone that couldn't download Peyton's birthday balloon fest last blog, I've fixed the problem so you can see it now. MaLe and I have also added a new version - an homage to childish behavior.