Today was the last day of our vacation before the final stretch of the school year.
Today is also my dad's 76th birthday!
I messaged him on Saturday and asked him what he was doing today. His reply, "Nothing." I knew with his birthday being on a Monday and my step-mom working, I figured he wouldn't have much going on.
It made all the sense in the world to enjoy the beautiful weather, road trip the hour and a half to Nebraska City, and take him out to lunch. So, that's exactly what Jack and I did.
We went to Valentino's and enjoyed a long lunch together. My sister Sara was even able to join us for a little bit during her lunch break from work.
I don't know if I can adequately put into words what it meant to me to spend that time with him. We don't often take opportunities to do stuff like that together, and I'm really glad we did. It was another example of what my calendar says to do this month, "Collect moments, not things."
Today was a chance to collect some time with my dad, and it meant the world to me. And, I think he enjoyed it too. Later in the day, he messaged me, "Thanks again for the birthday lunch, kinda neat."
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.