Easter has been put to bed and now it’s time to get ready for our trip to Washington, D.C. We’re taking a long weekend to visit Tim’s dad, who lives just outside the district in Great Falls, Virginia. We’re also looking forward to several mini-reunions with friends. One of whom will be heading off to the Middle East in June as a new member of the Department of State. She’s one of those people you’re glad to know because they’re always doing something amazing.
I love D.C. for many reasons. The best one is that I met Tim there nineteen years ago this Fourth of July. And I love the city’s beauty and energy and diversity. My first visit was during spring break one year when I was feeling a little adrift. I’d transferred from a small college to the University of Minnesota and hadn’t quite found my stride yet. But I remember walking down Embassy Row, soaking in the sense of possibility, and knew that I needed to be part of it. So I went home, kicked myself into gear, and ended up returning for an internship the following winter. Have you ever had a moment like that—an epiphany—when things suddenly became focused and you knew just what you wanted or needed to do?
We’re planning our itinerary now. What usually works best for us on trips is to let each kid pick one thing to do. Lexie wants to visit the National Archives because a book she just read and liked a lot takes place there. Will wants to visit the Air and Space Museum. Lily wants to see the pandas at the National Zoo. Andrew said he’ll be happy visiting Papaw at the Pentagon and Julie at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. We’ll see how much we can squeeze into three-and-a-half days!
Have you been to Washington, D.C.? What did you like best? If you only had a few days to see everything, what would be at the top of your list?