Saturday, January 01, 2011

Charlie Bean and I On the Last Day of 2010

The last day of 2010 was bright blue, sunny and cold in Seattle. Temperature was about 30 degrees this a.m. as I headed from Magnolia over to Wallingford. The day was gorgeous. Charlie Bean and I had a wonderful time together, just the two of us on our special excursion. We traveled to Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo by way of Highway 5 that seemed to run straight into Mount Rainier.
Caroline said her two kids needed nothing, wanted for nothing and that for Christmas I should think about taking each of them on individual excursions. Sounded like a good idea to me. So good that I will continue this and will add Kelan and Lauren to this one-on-one field trip gift idea. I hustle in and out of my daughter's houses almost every day that I am here, but rarely have really long or continuous interactions with my four grandchildren. Taking then someplace special by themselves is the way to have that shared time.
Charlie and I arrived at the zoo about 11:15, just in time to get to the walrus feeding at 11:30. We were both delighted with the three beasts who each weigh about two tons. That would be 4000 pounds. Sure wouldn't want one to land on you.
We saw a polar bear, white arctic foxes and a host of other animals, all of which Charlie could name. Found our way into the aquarium where I got really excited because the coral and jelly fish sorts of 'beings' were delicate, floating, swaying. Charlie got to touch star fish and all sorts of underwater creatures. One of the docents told him he asked good questions and was a very smart boy. He beamed.
Don't you think this is funny photo? Charlie looks like he's entering one of those delicate underwater creatures. The photo below shows what he actually was doing.
Lulu stayed at home with her sick Mom today. Colds are running rampant in the extended family. And it's the adults who have the runny noses.
So, Lauren McGrady, you are the only one who didn't have a private excursion with Mameau this holiday season, so we'll plan one for my next trip. I had a lovely time with Kelan when we went to the corner store and shared a piece of deep dish apple cake. That was a special time with my other very sweet boy. Happy new year to all of you dear children and to your Moms and Dads.
Here's to cold blue skies in Seattle. And bird nests in the trees. One more day here before I head home to Houston. Lots to do tomorrow. Laundry, packing - can I get everything in one suitcase and will it weigh under 50 pounds? Visits to Dad and all the kids, a quick vacuum throughout the house, dispensing food from the refrigerator to others in the family. And it's now almost 2:00 a.m. Time to sleep, so I won't be slumbering right through the morning of the first day of this new year. I suspect that won't happen. I suspect that Earl will probably call around 8:00 a.m. Seattle time when I'll have had just six hours sleep. I am off to bed. Right now.
Oh, and by the way, after dropping Charlie off at home, I drove to Dad's for a late afternoon visit. He was confounded that no one in his family had visited all day. John's gone and I am leaving shortly. Oh, dear sister. John and I will have to write letters and send snail mail and call Dad much more often than we do.

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