When she arrived home from school this afternoon I asked her if she would like to go on an adventure with me. I needed to go to Chinatown to find some ingredients that I can't get in our neighbourhood for tea. It's a mixture of a whole bunch of different things that all support the immune system. Mmmm, healthy immune system!
As we walked, we talked, and we mended things from our morning fight. We found our way back to ease between us. It's interesting how, because when walking two people aren't facing one another, lots of things can be said. Sometimes it can be easier to say things when you can't see the other person's face, and they can't see yours. As a teen, she has lots of tough stuff going on, and as a mom, so do I. It's the human condition, to struggle, and as we walked, we struggled together.
We walked all the way there, finding my things at a Chinese Herb shop, from a lovely woman named Kim. She was impressed with my selections, telling me that they would help keep us healthy all winter. Hurrah!
We were so close to Fresh, which is one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants around, so we treated ourselves to dinner (vegan sweet potato poutine, main courses, AND dessert — I never eat that much). It was delicious. And then we walked all the way home. 8km total. But we moved further than 8km, because the distance between people when a relationship is strained feels much further than that.