We returned to Dallas after postponing our return for a week. I call this summer our Grand Tour of 2014. It wasn’t Europe, but it was exhausting and exhilarating
It began mid June touring Houston and then seeing Dallas and Fort Worth with our daughter’s family. Over two weeks of museums, momentous meals, artistic endeavors, and movies. (When Six Folks Come to Visit)
Big cities are lot more fun with kids who see stuff we would have missed.
We had enough time to set things in order and pack for a month in Maryland – but a month was not enough time . . . and while we didn’t do much except visit, eat, and watch our grandchildren be the super souls we believe them to be, and recover from summer colds. Go figure: we get colds when the weather was nothing but unusually mild and dry in Annapolis.
Yes, Labor Day’s still a week away arrives – but the quiet that greeted our return shouted, “The vacation is over!” We had been anticipating these adventures since our return after Christmas – Texas and Maryland would be our grand journey – and we ached to embrace the adventure – except maybe the colds.
I feel like Cinderella may have felt, waking up after the ball was over, and only a glass slipper to remind her of the extravagantly good times she had. Was our grand adventure all a dream?
Emptying the icemaker, I spied a trace of the good and crazy times: a lone goldfish tumbled out with frozen ice as if to say, little hands were in and out of the fridge, and left treasures!
Fortunately, Prince Charming is here, though. And we are slowly reentering the non-vacation world, so grateful, even if we feel a tiny woebegone.
- My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. ~Gene Perret
- The idea that no one is perfect is a view most commonly held by people with no grandchildren. ~Doug Larson