School was out on October 20th and 21st due to Parent/Teacher conferences, so Rachel had taken both her daughters to Union Station for a little fun at Science City, however, the trip wasn’t the best of plans for one adult against two girls who both had their minds set on two totally different things. Angel, Rachel’s seven year old daughter, obviously had her mind on the excitement of new things to do and the possibility of buying more toys to never play with and leave in the toy bucket in her room. However, Mimi, Rachel’s three year old daughter had her mind set to terrorizing the vacation.
Once Rachel had parked the car in a garage parking lot full of nothing but flickering lights and construction tape covering the entire area, somewhat looking like a horror film, her and the girls exited the vehicle. While Rachel was packing the diaper bag full of snacks and drinks, Mimi had quietly scampered away, not to hide, but to get in a little mischief. Rachel turned around to notice that Mimi had vanished, so her and Angel both called out for Mimi until they heard the sound of something clinking loudly around the corner into another parking lot section. That clinking wasn’t just something hitting something, it was Mimi picking up some of the torn up cement from the contruction and throwing it at a jet black Mercedes Benz. The owner of the car was in the middle of talking on the phone while walking up to her car, so she didn’t quite notice or care at the fact that a small child was pelting torn up cement at her ride, so she just smiled and waved at Mimi.
As Rachel took her daughters to the elevators to go up a few floors, Mimi had pushed a few buttons of her own. Angel was wanting her mom’s full attention, so Rachel was listening to everything that Angel was saying. The only problem was, Rachel wasn’t paying full attention to Mimi, so at some point when an older lady in a blue jacket had gotten on the elevator, Mimi had stepped off. Unfortunately, Mimi had pushed so many buttons, that the elevator kept stopping and starting and the lady that had come onto the elevator, had no clue on which floor she came from. So both Rachel and Angel jumped off the elevator and took the stairs, searching for what felt like hours, until they finally found Mimi on the 3rd floor eating dirt out of a nice plant pot. At that point, Rachel knew she couldn’t handle both of the girls and give them both the attention they needed, so she cut their trip short.
The next day, Rachel took the girls to the mall for a little fun. The girls enjoyed a couple of hours at Monkey Bizness, then took a stroll around the mall for more entertaining activities. Every time they came across the little kid cars, that cost a quarter to move back and forth, Mimi would act as if she couldn’t hear her mom telling her that time was up. So, unfortunately Rachel would have to peel Mimi’s fingers back from every steering wheel of a car that she sat on, while Mimi would scream, “You’re hurting me! Don’t touch me like that!” Of course the entire mall that was any bit near them would stop what they were doing to see the embarrassing show of an out of control child putting her mom on direct spotlight.
Angel and Mimi came across a little play bridge in the middle of the mall where kids run across it and run in circles chasing each other. The two girls were giggling and playing with a couple other girls, so Rachel decided to sit for a short minute to catch her breath. As soon as she sat down, she heard Angel ask a few kids if they had seen her sister, Mimi. Of course Rachel’s ears were in alert at this point as she got up and looked around for herself to see if Mimi was in sight. She didn’t see her anywhere and started to freak out, as any loving mother would. Angel helped her mom look for Mimi, while security guards were searching in and out of stores for her as well. The entire mall was on alert for a missing three year old in a pink shirt and black pants. Finally, 45 minutes later, here comes Mimi out of a candy store with chocolate smeared all over her face and shirt. The search for the missing kid was off and everyone was wiping the sweat off their foreheads as they heard the good news.
Rachel realized for the second time that she couldn’t handle being alone with her girls, so she decided any more activities she had planned were off for the day. As they kept walking around the circle of the mall to get back to the door they came in from, Angel saw a store that had Halloween stuff for 50% off and wanted a few things from there, so they stopped to check things out. You would think that if Rachel had a firm grasp around Mimi’s wrist that trouble wouldn’t happen, right? WRONG! As Rachel’s looking at a little Halloween book that Angel would enjoy reading, she heard a man saying, “Stop that, stop that now, child!” Rachel looked down to see that Mimi, using only one hand surprisingly, had unwrapped a huge chocolate bar and was licking it. Rachel apologized to the owner and offered to pay for it, but instead he said it was okay and rewrapped it and put it back on the shelf. (Whoever purchases it, I apologize that the owner actually put a licked candy bar back on his shelf). At the check out line, Mimi got angry for no reason at all and decided to terrorize their store. While still holding her wrist, she managed to knock down a display shelf full of little bottles of perfume, which all but a few broke, so then Rachel HAD to pay. Luckily, everything was 50% off and each of the bottles cost 50 cents, so Rachel’s grand total came to $45. Which, if you count that up, that’s quite a few broken bottles of perfume for sale.
Finally, they got to their car. The terror of a vacation ended in smiles from the backseat, as Rachel drove off back home. The girls both thanked her for the fun they had that day, even though all Rachel could think of was, “What fun?” But the girls giggled and sang songs in the back seat all the way home and couldn’t have been any happier, which in the end, Rachel was happy too. More so happy that Mimi didn’t get stolen or lost forever, that no one broke a bone, and that no one left a store without paying. So in all, the terrible vacation wasn’t so bad as soon as they got in their car.