A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • What To Do When The Bridge Is Out


But the bridge is out. What do you think we should do?

It started out simply enough. Kyle and I wanted to treat Charley to a special lunch on Friday after her first week of school. We tossed around lots of ideas, but Kyle suggested Sonic in Vandalia (mostly because he likes tater tots). But they also have outdoor dining and ice cream, so we figured it was a win-win.

As the week came to a close, Kyle remembered that the bridge on Illinois Route 185 was out due to construction. And he asked what I thought we should do.

We talked about other ideas, but we kind of kept coming back to Sonic and how much Charley would like that. So, we opted for the scenic route through Mulberry Grove en route to Vandalia that day.

The drive was a little longer than usual, but we invented some new car games to keep Charley busy, and enjoyed the ride.

As it turns out, everyone in Vandalia wanted to eat at Sonic that day, so it would have been too long of a wait. Pizza Hut was closed, so we settled on a Mexican restaurant, which Charley affectionately calls “the quesadilla store.”

The food was great, but the company was better.  And after we ate, Kyle suggested an alternative route home through Greenville since we had to get back on I-70 anyway.

I suspected that he was already thinking about it, but we stopped for ice cream at The Milk House in Greenville, which is one of Charley’s favorite new stops to watch them bottle milk.

Although we only intended to be gone for lunch, we made an entire afternoon out of it, and really enjoyed ourselves. In fact, on the way home, we decided to dub Fridays as “fun days,” picking something fun to do all together after she gets out of school.

We’ve been for a picnic lunch to feed the fish at Glenn Shoals Lake, the “airplane park” in Edwardsville and even back to Greenville for seconds at The Milk House. One day soon, we’re going to order pizza from Casey’s in Coffeen for a picnic in Washington Park.

We know  not every Friday can be a huge adventure, but it’s definitely fun to set aside some time to do things together.

And we might never have discovered our adventures if the bridge hadn’t been out!

Which in reality is kind of like life. Sometimes the bridge is out, but if you don’t find a way to get around it, you just might miss out on all the fun.


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