What a view! We're standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty -- about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown -- looking out at the New York City skyline.
AAH ... the blessed sunshine, the white sand beach that stretches for 12 miles, the happy parents and giggling kids building sandcastles and playing. That's right.
Duck, fish or beef?
I'm talking to my daughter. Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. That hasn't happened in the months since Melanie graduated from college.
The next time you're thinking about hiring a private soccer coach, more violin lessons or a new video game, take the kids for a walk in the woods instead.
When the kids tire of their holiday gifts and start whining that they've got nothing to do, just hand them some holiday wrapping paper, crepe paper, cardboard, glue and some wire. Challenge them to create a costume.