I went to Washington DC when I was 6 years old. Maybe 5? It was AGES ago – I will tell you that. My parents were still married which meant that it was before I was 7. I remember only a few things about that trip – one of which was their mall. HA! I was a fashion lover even back then.
You see, my cousin is deaf. She lives in Malta and traveled to the states to see if she could qualify for a special surgery to help her hear again. She wasn’t born deaf — a really high fever when she was a baby took her hearing. The specialist lived in Washington DC. So, she flew to NYC and met my family and we drove her to Washington DC.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. It was the quickest trip ever. I don’t even think I saw The White House that first time around? Maybe I did? I just don’t remember it?? So, this visit was actually special for me. This was one that I would retain.
But how we got there…. UGH! You have no idea!
You see — we were supposed to fly down to Florida on Sunday. We got a text on Saturday letting us know that our flights were canceled and we wouldn’t be able to get a new one until Tuesday. WHAT?! That wouldn’t work!! Bill and I scrambled and found another flight… in Washington DC! ALL AIRPORTS – from Boston to Philly were CLOSED. Total nightmare. We hopped in a rental and hit the road.
We arrived pretty late and our flight was at 6AM. So, we only had a little time to sightsee. It was probably -10 degrees while we were doing it too! My goodness, my hands felt like they were going to fall off. But we raced around and showed the kids all the sights. We were exhausted. We were freezing. We wanted to be in Orlando. But we made the best of our delay. And the kids got a real kick out of the whole thing. I mean – THE WHITE HOUSE!!!
And get this — my son Liam was our tour guide!!! He knew about all of the monuments and the landmarks. We were so proud of him! We obviously didn’t have enough time in Washington DC to truly appreciate the wonders that this city has to offer, but I’m glad we were able to make lemonade out of lemons.
We ended up losing a day of our Orlando trip – but we saw where the President lived! So, it’s a memory worth remembering!!