Don't get me wrong... I think it's great for the environment that we Reduce / Reuse / and Recycle, but there's just something about that process of taking the 1/2 hour a few times per year to put each one of the bottles in the machine, and get your hands all sticky and grimy.
Simply put: It's just not fun.
Anyone out there know how I feel?
Well, this fine Sunday morning, I decided to take my 3 boys for our first time that all of us could go do the ... "returning of the bottles." Uggggh. What was I thinking?
Oh boy ... what an adventure. It was like a tornado hit the place. 5-year old Graham was loving it, because he was just tossing those bottles in there, and it was "so cool"... and Ashton was helping me do some of the glass bottles that we had, and he "liked the crashing sound", and well Tyler... he's been there before, so it wasn't that big of a deal for the 12 year old.
But the great thing about the whole experience was AFTER... when we went and got to return the tickets inside the store for the money.
Believe me, we had had a talk about how much each of them should get, for this unique job that they just helped me with (before we actually did the job).
In the end, they were each able to get a couple of dollars, but the awesome thing was what happened next... when I "happened" to turn into Tim Horton's to celebrate our hard work... and get a donut.
Normally, Melissa and I just treat the kids to their favorite kind of donut (Angel cream), but this time, I tried something different.
From the back of the van, I heard "I want a donut, I want a donut..." like any 5 and 7 year old would probably say, but this time, I said "Sure... you've got some money... and it'll cost you a dollar."
Without blinking an eye, they all coughed up the dollar, we did a "toast" to our successful completion of our job, and I had a huge smile on my face ... the whole ride home.
And it wasn't because of the donut (which did taste pretty good, by the way).
It's awesome being a dad...