The chronology of my summer posts is a little backwards. Before our pastor moved, before Thomas was confirmed, and while I was still throwing rocks, Thomas, Jack, and David went to New York City. They had a great time so I want to give their summer “field trip” a little mention on this space before the calendar and the weather officially turn to autumn.
We had a few reasons for sending just the two older boys with David on a trip like this. First, I am at a stage in my life where I really do not like to travel. Perhaps this is just a temporary stage. I don’t know. I do know that I am currently a homebody. That does not mean, however, that I want our children to grow up to be homebodies too. David and I thought it would be good for Thomas and Jack to see and experience something outside of western New York. What better way to do this than to hop a train with Dad and travel across our Empire State to New York City?
Our second line of reasoning was that Walter is just too young for a trip like this. He would neither appreciate it nor remember it; and even if I did like to travel, the logistics of taking a toddler on an eight hour trip to New York City are complicated at best. Clearly the older boys would be less encumbered and would have more fun without their anxious mother and their little brother in tow.
Finally, with just bit of homeschool math, one can figure out that a trip for three people will cost less than a trip for five people. Our limited travel budget was able to stretch a little further with Walter and me staying home.
After we thought through all this quite logically, David bought tickets for the train and booked an Airbnb for two nights in Times Square. I helped the boys pack their bags, and they were off!
The trip was a huge success! My three travelers are already planning a return trip next summer. Upon their return, I asked the boys to write blog posts about their experiences, which they did gladly. Thomas is the photographer of the pair. You can see his post at Thomas Duke 2003. Jack is our young writer in residence. If New York City from a ten-year-old’s perspective sounds interesting, you can read about it on his site, EpicJetMan 1780.
What about Walter and me, you might ask? We enjoyed the quiet. We enjoyed the not cooking for five people. We enjoyed walking at the river in the morning and napping in the afternoon. We enjoyed playing the piano and getting some house projects done. It was wonderful. I’m looking forward to next summer’s return trip too!