Home, Safe but Sick

We're just home from a weekend at my grandmother's house in Santa Barbara. My parents live there too, so it was a good time to ride bikes, eat grandma's cookies and help grandpa build a shed. S. and I also went to the beach on Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours.

One of the things I like best about coming home from their house is bringing a full complement of agricultural products: cut orchids, raw honey, meyer lemons, key limes, satsuma tangerines, valencia oranges, rosemary, avocadoes and firewood.

Highlight of the trip for the boys: We stopped at McDonald's for dinner on the way home. In the car, between the gas station and the restaurant, S. asked his older brother, "Do you remember when we went to McDonald's before? It was the first time ever!" H. replied, "It may have been the first time for you, but not for me." I'm glad that they don't eat fast food very often, but the little toys made a fine distraction in the car until they fell asleep. And the salad with grilled chicken was pretty good.

We took the germs with us and shared liberally in the car, I guess. One boy sick on the way down, all four of us home today, coughing, fever, etc.


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Blogger Martin Kelley said...

We're trying to train T. that McDonalds is a place of great evil, but I don't think its working. We used to call Walmart "The Evil Empire" but that's fallen by the wayside since we've realized it's the only place within a 45 minute drive that has Thomas the Tank Engine cra---umm...., paraphernalia!

2/20/2007 6:10 PM  
Blogger anj said...

My mouth is watering with the thought of the fresh produce you carried back. Yum Yum

2/20/2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Martin, for the first six years or so of H's life, we didn't go to fast food restaurants at all because he didn't like anything they served there, not hamburgers, not french fries, not soda. Then he somewhat relented on fried chicken bits, but he's back to not liking them either. Next time we go, I think he'll try the chicken and cheese wrap or the fruit salad. The menu is getting better. It was pretty funny to me when we stopped at a McDonalds just to use the bathroom on a recent trip and all the art was photos of people on bikes, running, exercising - as if McNuggets were just another part of a healthy lifestyle...

Anj - oh yes. We are blessed that 50 years ago my grandparents bought this acre and built a little tiny house - more room for fruit! My grandmother still regrets that they took out the apples and some other fruit trees when they put in the semi-commercial avocado orchard.

2/20/2007 7:10 PM  

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