I Did Something Weird

by Courtney Sirotin on September 19, 2012

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And it has nothing to do with those figurines. I’ll get to it in a minute.

Today started out normally. Dylan and I met Katie for breakfast in Portsmouth and then the three of us walked around town. Dylan played at Prescott Park for a while, Katie ran an errand, and then we took Dylan to a toy store where I got him two small toys and a book.

At 11 a.m. Dylan and I parted ways with Katie and headed to our car. I’d timed the morning so that we would drive home, eat lunch, and then he would go down for his nap around 12:30 p.m. I grabbed a coffee for the drive home, loaded Dylan into the car, and set off for the highway.

About an hour later I noticed the signs for Boston. As much as I love Boston, I wasn’t supposed to be going there. My parents’ house is in the other direction. I literally drove over an hour on the highway in the wrong direction without noticing. I was almost to Boston and two hours from home (because I started out in Portsmouth, which is already a hike from home)! Needless to say, I was quite shaken when I realized what I had done. And dumbfounded.

My biggest concern, aside from my probable insanity, was how much my mistake was going to affect Dylan. Not only was he now late for lunch and his nap, but he had been sitting in a car seat for a long time and there was no way he was going to peacefully continue to sit there for the two hour trek back home. After calling Jay and Katie to share what I had done, I made the decision to alter my plan for the day and give into my new circumstances. I decided we would go on an adventure!

I turned the car around and drove to Newburyport where I found signs for a state park and followed them. My new plan was to give Dylan an opportunity to stretch his legs at the park and then go out for lunch before driving back home. I figured by the time we had done all that he would be more than ready for his already overdue nap and would sleep on the ride home, thus rendering him unconscious for the boring drive.

I have no idea what park we went to because I forgot to look at the sign (like how I didn’t look at the signs on the highway…) but it was incredible. It was a spacious country park filled with open fields and thick, old trees. We were the only people there and the sky was overcast, lending an eerie calm to the whole experience.

I changed Dylan’s diaper in the car and then used the public restroom at the park (Necessary, thanks to the coffee I’d picked up in Portsmouth). The bathroom was pretty clean, thankfully, and Dylan managed not to lick the tiles or stick his hand in the toilet. Of course, I did have to run out of the bathroom with my pants unbuttoned when he unlatched the stall door and took off on me before I was ready. I was really glad the place was deserted at that point. (Don’t worry, Jay, we sanitized.)

I got one of Dylan’s new toys out of the car and set it up in the grass. It was AWESOME!

If you have a little kid, pick up this Stomp Rocket ASAP!

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Despite the arbitrariness of the situation, we had a legit good time. Smile

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We also went for a walk and discovered a bunch of art installations in the fields. They were scattered in such a way that you kind of happened upon them unexpectedly. This one was my favorite:

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Up close:


I love Newburyport. It’s a dream of mine to one day live there. Dylan likes it too, as evidenced by his affection for this tree:

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Tree hugger!

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Around 1:30 p.m. I figured it was time to seek out some lunch. Sadly, sadly, I once again found myself at Friendly’s. What is up with this phenomenon!? In this instance it was our best option on the way back to the highway.

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We broke into his other new toy to make it through the meal. He loves all the Playmobil sets.

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Back in the car I encountered this:

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Mrs. Oblivious over here clearly needs to work on her observational skills. Highway signage and gas tank levels seem like a good place to start.

One thing that wasn’t lost on me, however, was this sight for sore eyes:

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Dylan napped the whole ride home and we all lived happily ever after.

The end.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

JASON SIROTIN September 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Great post. So cute with the rocket. Let me know if I need to pick one up for the house. Love you and miss you guys.


DONNA September 20, 2012 at 2:00 am

The day sounds kind of magical, a gift of a day. I am glad you and Dylan enjoyed it and thank you for sharing.


SARAH September 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

Hi! I am loving this post because I too ended up at that same state park (at least I think) Maudsley?? by accident. The reason I ended up there was b/c I decided that it would be a good idea to drive from my house along the coast to Newburyport, and back, while the kids slept. Needless to say I was a bad judge of time and distance, and they ended up waking up before I even made it halfway:0 ) Kim is moving to Newburyport this winter. How much longer are you around? If you are in the area, please stop by- and bring Katie too if you are all together.


CAROL GLOSKI October 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I’ve just been introduced to your blog!! Courtney, you are so-o-o creative! I’ve only read a couple, but, boy do you tell a story!! I love this little wrong direction escapade! I’m going to read more.
Also, I love the Letter School. I plan to get an ipad and will certainly download it for my great nephews here in TF!


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