We had the unexpected excitement last night of a carnival. I can’t believe how perfect this was. Lily had participated this year in a reading challenge by Six Flags, in which children who did at least 6 hours of reading this academic year would receive a free ticket to Six Flags. They required at the beginning that we specify which Six Flags we wanted to go to, so we chose the one in Agawam, MA. She was awarded a free ticket, BUT it turned out that it could only be used between a date at the end of June and a date in August, AND it could not be used at any other Six Flags. We didn’t know this until we received the free ticket, and of course we’re going to be far from Agawam for that entire period. We both felt pretty bummed out that she had completed the challenge and couldn’t use her free ticket.
How wonderful, then, that on the very first day of our big trip, the universe delivered carnival rides anyway! And there was cotton candy. And a very, very sticky child. And a red balloon, which sailed free into the sky. We wished it well on its journey.
We had so much fun at Pauline’s. Lily was enthralled with Pauline’s daughter, her friend, watching Spiderman, and a remote controlled dinosaur. I was enthralled by Pauline’s kindness, generosity, and the opportunity to have long, heartfelt, face to face conversations. We were well fed and our hearts were securely held. It was an ideal beginning.
Today we had lunch with my sister Liz in White Plains. It was a delight to see her.
I’m sending this from what is surely the most glamorous spot on earth, a McDonald’s at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. Tonight will be our first night of camping.