Yesterday we went to Dollywood in a monsoon. As we wound through the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee traveling to our favorite amusement park, huge drops of rain pelted our windows. The boys in the back seat didn’t seem the least bit concerned. Mommy, on the other hand, wasn’t feeling too great about the gray dreary skies outside and the thought of everyone being drenched.
When we arrived, the rain only intensified. Within the time it took to ride the tram from the parking lot to the entrance, we were already saturated. We went with our friends and everyone had on good rain jackets. We were certainly more prepared than some other folks who had no umbrella, rain coat, or anything. Poor souls.
We had four little boys in our party, ages 2, 3, 5, and 5. They were not phased for a moment that it was raining. In fact, when we stood under a shelter hoping the rain would slack off a bit, the little boys and one big boy (my husband) ran into the rain and jumped in puddles, giggling to their hearts’ content.
There were no lines, which was the greatest thing ever. The dads even got to ride a roller coaster in ten minutes. This particular ride normally has an hour wait or more. There was no sun so sunscreen was never used and getting soaked on water rides was no biggie since we were already completely and utterly wet.
It rained. The kids giggled. It rained. The kids skipped. It rained. The kids jumped. It rained. The kids threw their heads back catching drops in their mouths.
Even when my two-year old began audibly chattering his teeth from cold, he never complained or asked to go home.
These four little boys inspired me yesterday.
I want to be like them. I want to push away anxiety over little things like a rainy day. I want to laugh at the gray clouds and refuse to let them dampen my spirit.
It seems so hard these days to not get stressed over small stuff, but the next time I feel it seeping into my bones, I am going to try and think of our rainy day at Dollywood. If four little boys can refuse to let a huge storm ruin their fun than surely I can stop letting the smallest of problems (and sometimes the biggest) affect mine.