It’s been a good day today.
Today we went Geocaching.
This was instead of joining in Sports Day at school…erm, well…we weren’t invited to join in, let’s say. However, it worked in our favour; there were no time pressures, and with trains every half an hour I could easily fill any waiting around. I got Oliver a hot chocolate, with cream and marshmallows (as requested) and as a bonus…me a coffee, without the usual moaning.
Before we left we realised we’d left the USB lead at Grandmas so we couldn’t download the GPS coordinates to Oliver’s GPS device. Nevertheless Oliver remained calm, and I agreed to download the App onto my mobile phone. He was in good spirits today, and wasn’t going to be thrown off course with little blips. I was pleased. We logged on with our user name. Bingo. We were IN, and ready to hunt for Geocaches.
Oliver smiled on the train, noted how we were going backwards, and relaxed browsing Geocaches and gazing out the window. He was in good mood, it would be a good day I thought.
I mentioned I had £90 worth of clothes in my bag I needed to return. He seemed not to mind that I’d need to actually go into a shop, and wander round (which he hates), and just concentrated on the money – £90. He was reminding me to drop the clothes off first to get the money back. Oliver loves money, particularly keeping it and saving it up. Phew…even that didn’t unhinge him.
After returning our items we charged headlong in to finding our first cache. But hang on…I had to hand over my phone with the Geocaching app open. It was a good thing really, so I wasn’t checking my phone, but unnerving when your 11 year old is waving it around, turning in circles. I tried not to be too tense about it.
So we found our first cache, brilliant! We logged it, then Oliver was telling me how we couldn’t find out other descriptions about finding caches because we weren’t a Premium member. SO, I casually said ‘ok, let’s see how much is it to be a Premium member?’ It was £7.99 for 3 months or £24.99/yr. Alright, I agreed, ‘let’s do the three months and see how much we use it’. Oh My Goodness, Oliver thought all his Christmases had come at once. He was thrilled, and up popped loads more geocaches to find. ‘Only Premium members are allowed to find these ones Mummy’, he whispered excitedly. We were Premium members now, and we could find our first Multicache. So we had to find 7 clues, and then do some maths, and then work out the coordinates. I wasn’t really paying that much attention, but Oliver was enraptured. I let him lead me. It was quite amusing, because once you become a Geocacher, you suddenly see other Geocachers on the same trail. But you don’t want to follow them, or let them notice you, otherwise you’d spoil the hunt. It was really good fun actually, and free. Well, except for the Premium membership…
Oliver absolutely loved his day out Geocaching, and it was made better because it was just the two of us. Geocaching is a great sport for any kid, or adult, but especially great to see him outside, in the open air…and happy.
We kept to our time scale to catch the 14:15 train home, and had bagged our first multi cache. It was a good day,
It’s important to capture these moments, because I have learnt that Oliver can swing from one mood to the other, opposite mood, very quickly. A good day today means a bad day tomorrow. But that didn’t matter, tomorrow isn’t here yet.