We were wet.
That kind of amusement park wet you get when someone decides it would be a really great idea to try one of those giant tube-like water rides, where there’s always one seat that doesn’t get wet at all(usually the person suggesting the ride) and everyone else gets splashed or dunked under a waterfall.
The type of wet where you figure you’ll be dry in an hour or so, but you might as well go on the nearby log ride and then dry out after that.
Only thing was, while we were waiting in the indoor line for that ride, it started to rain outside.
So when we got into our log and headed out, it was sprinkling on us.
And by the time we were halfway through the ride, it was pouring. The rain was coming down so hard that the huge splash from the final drop did nothing to get us any wetter.
When we got off the ride, others behind us went running for cover.
But there really wasn’t any cover to be found, unless we crammed into an already crowded store, where dry people had huddled to avoid looking like the drown rats we were.
So, we walked.
And the kids found a spot with randomly shooting fountains patterns and were trying to figure out which would spray next. Not to avoid them, but to be sprayed.
Because at this point, more water wasn’t going to make any difference.
Some people huddled under big picnic umbrellas across from the fountains, shooting us looks like we were crazy.
Others dashed past in ponchos, shaking their heads at our laughter as they headed out of the park.
But why not do what we were doing?
The only thing running through the park would have accomplished would have been getting to the ferry faster to go back to our hotel… though everyone else was headed out of the rain, so we just would have been stuck in a long, wet line.
We still would have been soaking wet.
And cranky, telling the kids to get out of the fountains, to stay out of the puddles, to hurry up. It wasn’t going to make our situation any better.
So, we enjoyed ourselves and got a really fun memory out of it.
While I don’t think any of us would purposely repeat that afternoon, it’s a good reminder that sometimes, you just have to go with it when you can’t change your circumstances.
That you can have fun and enjoy yourself, even in a situation others find uncomfortable. Sometimes a situation just is what it is and you can choose to get upset and complain, or you can choose to find as much joy in it as you can.
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