When you live in PEI as we have for the last 15 years, you realize that you are very lucky. Surrounded by soft sumptuous sand everywhere you turn, you are never more than 10 minutes away from a wonderful escape; the beach. And of course, the beach is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment for any family; so a common destination for Island families in the summer and in fact, any time of year.
So when you have the Garden of Eden in your very backyard, you sometimes get used to it. And you search for other ways to wake up your senses… hence the invention of Girls Day Out.
Girls Day Out began a few years ago when I wanted to change things up as I am known to do on the odd occasion. I had done years of “summer surprises” and was looking for a new “shtick” so hence, GDO began.
Now the fun and interesting thing about a GDO is that it can be anything or everything.
To make it unique or special to the girl you are taking out (in this case Jade) it needs to look different.
For that reason alone, we decided to walk from our house to the downtown area as sadly, we tend to rely on our car a bit too much. The simple act of walking made this, in and of itself, exciting for a tween. And of course, the fact, that you never know what you will find on the way.
Jade’s and Cheryl’s Rules for a Great Girls Day Out
1. wear comfortable shoes (Jade learned the hard way the first time)
2. take a cell phone in case of back up needed (new shoes for Jade – see above)
3. carry a bag for all the treasures you might find
4. take water just in case it actually gets hot in Charlottetown
5. take money as a GDO always involves lots of food along the way
6. no other rules – because rules are not fun and spontaneity is the key to the best GDO
Now that we have moved from PEI, we fondly remember our GDO traditions and hopefully they will continue in new places in years to come.
So goodbye to PEI. We miss you.