There haven’t been too many opportunities to travel to Ontario and visit my daughter, Rugrat. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done it…but with work and my new family routine firmly in place, it just makes sense to fly her down to visit us.
Having said that, there was a time back in 2008 when I had to travel to Toronto for work. I decided to make the most of my trip and plan a surprise visit.
Because I had to fly out the day before anyway, I chose to book the earliest flight out of the city. That meant I was in the air by 6:30am and in Toronto before 8:30am. I booked my hotel and contacted my ex to let her know about my plans. She suggested making up a story to keep Rugrat home from school that day, which was a pretty cool thing for her to do. I told her what time I planned to arrive and she came up with a story of a broken water pipe at the school, so we were all set to go.
I didn’t want to bother with a rental car (though looking back I probably should have), so I jumped on the bus from the airport and (slowly) made my way from Toronto to Whitby, which turned into a 2-hour ride (it’s normally just over an hour by car).
I arrived at the house and rang the doorbell. Rugrat came to the door and her eyes nearly popped out of her head. I took a quick photo, but it’s a little difficult to make out her expression. You can barely see me smiling on the left, too. Trust me when I say that I’ll never forget this moment:
We hopped in a cab and went to Chuck E. Cheese’s. We ended up being there for a couple of hours. We played games, we ate pizza, and it was awesome just to be able to hang out for awhile.
Next up was a quick walk to The Putting Edge for a round of glow-in-the-dark indoor miniature golf. After that was done, we wound up my quick visit by heading over to Caffe Demetre, which is an all-dessert restaurant.
We were sitting there eating our $10 sundaes when the manager stopped by. Because we were the only ones in the place, she talked with us and heard the story about my visit. At this point, she offered to take a photo of us. This is definitely one of my all-time favourite pics because of the memories attached…
I took Rugrat back and, after much hugging goodbye, jumped on the Go-Train back into the city. This will always be one of my most memorable trips, though; that time I surprised my daughter with a visit.