Earlier this year my husband decided we needed to take a trip to Tennessee
to pick up his “new” fish tank for a vacation. I agreed because, honestly – a trip to TN means cooler weather, a few days of just the five of us enjoying family time and…well, let’s be honest – I wanted a bigger fish tank too! It’s his hobby, but one I proudly enjoy along with him.
On the way to pick up the tank we spent a day at the Atlanta Aquarium – which if you haven’t had a chance to go and are nearby – GO! Seriously, one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. I could have sat ALL DAY and watched the huge manta rays and jaw-droppingly-HUGE whale sharks swim. It truly was…breathtaking. God has created some magnificently beautiful creatures and it’s so awesome that we can experience them up close in this way. The only thing cooler would be to somehow swim with them. When my daughter asked the question “What happens if you have baby whale sharks?” she was answered with…”Well, it will be ‘take home a whale shark day'” because they don’t know a lot about how many babies they actually have BUT they know that females carry HUNDREDS of eggs before they hatch! HUNDREDS! I can’t imagine they all survive but STILL….there are four whale sharks swimming in this massive tank – how would the fish all the babies out??
After a day spent at the aquarium – too short for Matthew’s and my preference – we continued heading north to pick up Matthew’s new tank. I had the pleasure of spending the morning with the sweet family pictured below. Bridger was two at the time (he has recently turned three!) and he just stole my heart away. He had his two best friends along with him (duck and monkey) and they happily posed right along with him. He made sure that they had comfortable seats before he sat down, he made sure they were safe as he looked over the bridge and he even let them smell some flowers that we found. What a GOOD friend he is!
Afterwards we went back to his house for a little bit and he and I played with his toys for a little bit – he sweetly showed me how they all work – and then he brought me a book full of ocean creatures. We sat together for at least ten minutes as he quietly turned the pages. He would tell me the names of the ones he knew – and quite often when he didn’t know what it was I would say “Whale Shark” and he would repeat it and then say “Oh yes.” I would say, “Aren’t all of these animals amazing Bridger? They are so beautiful!” and he would say “Oh yes.”haha! I’m not sure ANY of my three children would have sat so long with me, enjoying the coffee table book full of beautiful pictures.
Later we said good-bye to their little family and headed home, Matt with his new fish tank strapped down tight to our truck, and all three of our kids said, “Mom? That little boy (Bridger) was so nice!”
Micah: He let us play with all of his toys, read his books, and he even let us play with his trucks!
Ella: I liked his trains and cars.
Olivia: I fink (think) Bwider (Bridger) is my fwend (friend). He likes me.
A nice day was had by all of us – I got to do what I love to do, Matt acquired a new fish tank and was able to meet someone he really respects in the world of aquarists and the kids made a new friend. Me too! Bridger’s mom and I quickly found we both share a love for lululemon and we got to spend an afternoon chatting as only moms can do. Turns out you don’t have to “know” another mom to find common ground – we live that common ground every single day!
“C” family – thanks for making our trip to TN so much fun! Totally worth four days of driving – even with a tank strapped to the truck for half of it. 😉 Bridger – thanks for sharing your toys and for sweetly keeping me company! Hope to see you again sometime soon.