Perfect Moment Monday: FAC-ing

November 3, 2008

in Perfect Moment

This weekend I took the kids FAC-ing. But that was Saturday and this is Monday and still I’m going to talk about my very special FAC*.

We met my friend, Alice, and her two girls, at a playground. It was a warm, bright day, and the sun felt good on my skin. I was dressed as if it were July. That was one piece of perfection.

Alice and I hadn’t seen each other for several weeks and were eager to catch up. But each time we’d get to a particularly juicy part of a story, one of the kids would need something. A referee. A Band-Aid. A push on a swing. To be told not to throw sand. Saving from a bee. Another snack. A sip. The nearby port-a-potty.

It never failed — we couldn’t close a single topic.

Two hours of fractured gabbing had gone by, and we decided it was time to pack up. We gave the kids a 5 minute warning.

Those must have been the magic words. The quartet proceeded to play together nicely, UNNEEDILY, for 30 more minutes. Alice and I Finished A Conversation. And then another, and another, and another.

FAC is as satisfying now as it was in college (when it happened on a Friday. And with beer).

We laughed together and realized our Perfect Moment.

* Known on college campuses everywhere as Friday Afternoon Club.

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Happy Monday, Lori! Here’s my contribution to PMM where doing chores w/the 10 y/o cracked me up!Thanks so much, best to you and the family. Marthahttp://comicallyflawed.blogspot.com/2008/11/perfect-moment-monday-closet-cleaning.html

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Amber April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Ahhhh, I wrote about two of my perfect moments on Mile High Mamas just today!

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Happy Monday, Lori! Here’s my contribution to PMM where doing chores w/the 10 y/o cracked me up!Thanks so much, best to you and the family. Marthahttp://comicallyflawed.blogspot.com/2008/11/perfect-moment-monday-closet-cleaning.html

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Amber April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Ahhhh, I wrote about two of my perfect moments on Mile High Mamas just today!

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Oh nice! The weather and the FAC. My perfect moment had some FAC’s in it too – Brad and I got a date night!

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MrsSpock April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Her’s mine:http://mrsspock.blogspot.com/2008/11/good-and-bad-in-bullets.htmlFAC- never heard of that before. When I was in college, it was swing-dance Wednesday nights.

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hi, Lori, I forgot to answer your question about the Teletubby costumes, they were bought online. My son is 13 y/o and dressed up with three of his friends, really funny. Thanks for asking, ttfn, Martha

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Oh nice! The weather and the FAC. My perfect moment had some FAC’s in it too – Brad and I got a date night!

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MrsSpock April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Her’s mine:http://mrsspock.blogspot.com/2008/11/good-and-bad-in-bullets.htmlFAC- never heard of that before. When I was in college, it was swing-dance Wednesday nights.

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hi, Lori, I forgot to answer your question about the Teletubby costumes, they were bought online. My son is 13 y/o and dressed up with three of his friends, really funny. Thanks for asking, ttfn, Martha

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Alyson and Ford April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

I don’t have a post specifically on a perfect moment as each day is just so wonderful. My perfect moments right now are when AA looks me in the eyes and I see some recognition as her “Mommy”.AlysonMommy to Alyzabeth for Seven Weeks!LID 01/27/06

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Geohde April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Finishing a conversation?I actually can’t think of the last time I did that, unless you count ‘coo’ as meaningful verbage.J

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Alyson and Ford April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

I don’t have a post specifically on a perfect moment as each day is just so wonderful. My perfect moments right now are when AA looks me in the eyes and I see some recognition as her “Mommy”.AlysonMommy to Alyzabeth for Seven Weeks!LID 01/27/06

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Geohde April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Finishing a conversation?I actually can’t think of the last time I did that, unless you count ‘coo’ as meaningful verbage.J

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kelly April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

1. Enjoy life2. Reflect on “mundane” moments3. Treasure what you have – family, friends and things around you.Many do #1 but forget #2 and #3.You seem to do all three and I also see you are an inspiration to those who are/were in your shoes.Keep up the great blog Lori – it has a noble mission!P.S. Thanks for your comment in my blog too. <3

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Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

FAC!I had COMPLETELY forgotten about FAC until you wrote about it — and it all came flooding back — the warm fall days, seeing Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing…and then I remember the hotel where I worked had the original FAC…A MILLION years ago.Thank you for reminding me Lori — and for your gentle, thoughtful, mindful presence in the blogosphere.

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kelly April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

1. Enjoy life2. Reflect on “mundane” moments3. Treasure what you have – family, friends and things around you.Many do #1 but forget #2 and #3.You seem to do all three and I also see you are an inspiration to those who are/were in your shoes.Keep up the great blog Lori – it has a noble mission!P.S. Thanks for your comment in my blog too. <3

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Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

FAC!I had COMPLETELY forgotten about FAC until you wrote about it — and it all came flooding back — the warm fall days, seeing Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing…and then I remember the hotel where I worked had the original FAC…A MILLION years ago.Thank you for reminding me Lori — and for your gentle, thoughtful, mindful presence in the blogosphere.

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Frenchie April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hi Lori,I love your post. I finally posted a “Perfect Moment”–let’s just say I’m early for next week. haha

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Frenchie April 7, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hi Lori,I love your post. I finally posted a “Perfect Moment”–let’s just say I’m early for next week. haha

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