About six or seven years ago I decided I wanted to take each of my kids on a big trip, anywhere they want to go, just the two of us, sometime before they move out. I’m not sure they (or even my husband) believed I was really serious about this until I set some money aside and started getting on College Student about choosing a destination a year or so ago. (i.e. “Yes, I really do mean ANYWHERE…even if it’s overseas.”)
I thought he’d choose Athens or Rome, given his interest in classical languages (he’s had two years of Ancient Greek and I don’t even remember how many years of Latin). But he didn’t choose Athens or Rome. He chose…London!!! I’ve never been to London, (I’ve never been to Athens or Rome, either) so I’m very excited. (Except for the fact the dollar is pretty low right now.)
And we’re really going…I just paid for our airline tickets and put the deposit down on the hotel. We’re going in May, right after finals. Junior High Kid will still be in school, so I don’t have to worry about him being alone all day. Of course Junior High Kid thinks this is incredibly unfair that we’re going to London without him. But his turn is coming. If he wants to go to London in four years, I’ll take him to London. If he wants to go to Timbuktu, I’ll take him to Timbuktu (hey, wouldn’t THAT be cool?). The whole point is to spend a week together…a week they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
So now we have to figure out what we’re going to do while we’re there. We won’t be signing up for any packaged tours, I know that. We like to explore on our own, following our own time table rather than someone else’s. College Student’s Old English (and Old Norse) professor is from London, so he’s getting some advice from him. And I have a friend whose husband is from London, so I’m getting advice from them. There will be no shortage of things to do…the problem will be narrowing our choices.