The Cost of Greatness

Yesterday, I took my 7 year old to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.  This was something my son had been wanting and I was thankful I found a great day to do it.

Because my wife wasn’t around, I did what most dads do which is to let go of all the usual rules!  We had lunch without vegetables, ice cream before dinner, and didn’t worry about waiting 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.  In short, it was a great time.

We waited in line towards the end of the day to get on a roller coaster called The Legend one final time.  When we nearly got to the top of the four flights of stairs, he lost his flip flop and it fell straight to the ground.  I admit I wasn’t too happy but it was an accident so what else was I supposed to do but accept the situation?  We got out of line and trudged downstairs.

When we got to the bottom of the steps, I illegally jumped a fence (trust me, it was not gracious) and retrieved the flip flop.  Instead of moving on to another ride, we went to the end of the roller coaster line and waited again.  When my boy realized I not only got his flip flop but he was still going to get on his new favorite roller coaster, he turned to me and said, “Dad, you are the greatest.”

So, as I see it, here’s the cost of greatness.

1.  Two tickets to Holiday World

2.  Lunch

3.  Ice cream

4.  A pinch of patience.

The total cost of greatness is about $100 and it was worth every dime. We had a wonderful day together.

I’ll write to you again Tuesday.  In the meantime, spread this blog around if you liked it and have a terrific weekend with the kids!!!

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

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3 comments

  1. Ingrid says:

    Sounds like the perfect Boy-Daddy day to me. I am sure your son will never forget that ride….and neither will you. Full points for standing in line a second time and letting him go on the ride. I don't think many Mummies would have done that. 😉

  2. Michelle says:

    Awww!! What a good daddy! Thanks for stopping by the S&R weekend hop again! Loved this story.

  3. Deb says:

    It's amazing how much the little things mean when added together. Such a sweet accounting, this!