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My Mother Started It All

After my father died


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Prequel

After my dad died, my mom took her grandchildren traveling with her. She covered four continents with them. Australia, Europe, the Orient and Africa.

My oldest daughter went to Australia with a group from the American Iris Society in 1974 when she was in 8th grade (age 13)
1974_tour_group_Australia My daughter is in dark blue on the left standing behind my mother next to a lady in orange

1974_tour_group_Australia My daughter is in dark blue on the left standing behind my mother next to a lady in orange

Grandmother_taking_my_picture_with_youth_members_Australia

Grandmother_taking_my_picture_with_youth_members_Australia

Two years later, the second daughter went to Europe (also age 13 in the 8th grade)
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My_grandmothers_photo_of_me_in_1976_Berlin

The third daughter went to China with a medical group
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and then Japan in 1979 when she was in 6th grade (age 11 -a little young)
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She took my sister's younger daughter (my niece age 13) to Italy and my son (age 12) to Kenya in 1983. She came back from Kenya with broken ribs -she stood up through the hatch of a safari vehicle. It started off with a lurch and she fell onto the side of the hatch. She refused to go to the hospital - she said "You can't do anything for broken ribs".
My son's photo from Kenya - the only one I can find from his trip

My son's photo from Kenya - the only one I can find from his trip

She found that the best time to travel was when the children were in 7th or 8th grade (age 12-14). She traveled with my older niece after the niece graduated from college and that did not go well at all. She was still traveling when her oldest great grandchild was of an age to go - she took him to Philadelphia in the summer when he was 12 and she was 83. But the heat was hard for her at that age, so the next oldest great grandchild, she just paid for her to go to camp.

She died in April 2006, so I decided to take th the money I inherited from her and do for my grandchildren what she did for my children. Of my 10 living grandchildren, two were much older (age 26 and age 24) and the oldest one had been on a trip with my mother. My son's son was the oldest available grandchild. He was 13 at the time of the trip, but he would be turning 14 the week after the trip ended.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 17:16 Archived in USA Comments (1)

Our Goals in Poetry

From South Carolina to New Jersey


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When Erin first rose by William Drennan

When Erin first rose from the dark swelling flood,
God bless'd the green island and saw it was good;
The em'rald of Europe, it sparkled and shone,
In the ring of the world the most precious stone.
In her sun, in her soil, in her station thrice blest,
With her back towards Britain, her face to the West,
Erin stands proudly insular, on her steep shore,
And strikes her high harp 'mid the ocean's deep roar.

My daughter-in-law had Irish roots - one of her great grandparents was from Ireland, and I had never been to Ireland, so I decided to visit the Emerald Isle. But I did not want to drive on the left. So one of my sister's friends who was a travel agent arranged a bus tour for us

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My son's family arrived here last night.
son and grandson

son and grandson


Bob is taking me and and our grandson to the train station on Tuesday to go to Trenton, and my sister will take us to the airport on Thursday May 31. He is already writing in the journal that she gave him.

Yesterday I panicked because I forgot that the airline tickets were e-tickets, so spent most of the time looking for them. Today I'll have to get the remote printer working so I can print the ticket stuff out.

On Memorial Day, i finally got down to packing, and he helped by packing my suitcase for me the way they taught him in scouts. Since I can have only one reasonably small suitcase and ONE carry-on, I've put my camera stuff in a small bum bag, and the pocketbook stuff in another one.

We had some discussion about how to play his violin piece and whether one of the notes should be sharp or not, and whether to take his violin to my sister's, and we finally decided that he should take it.

May 29, 2007

Today, we left about 9:30 because my sister said that sometimes the automatic kiosk things didn't work (which they didn't)
nonworking ticket machines

nonworking ticket machines


and sometimes there were long lines at the ticket window (which there were). She had told me not to bother getting a train to Princeton, just to get one to Trenton and she'd come over and pick us up - not enough trains go to Princeton. And she didn't tell me, but she said she would have if I had booked it, to only get trains originating in DC and not farther south as they were often delayed. Indeed, the train before ours was an hour and 15 minutes late, which meant our train was only 20 minutes after it.
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He was excited about riding on a train - he had flown before, but he had never been on a real train. In this area, a train is really the best option - fast and not too much hassle. I had a child's ticket for my grandson, and a senior ticket for myself, and the round trip for the two of us was $137.70

Bob drove us up to the station and let us get out and then parked.
Passenger Alert in 2007

Passenger Alert in 2007


My grandson got some twizzlers at the vending machine, and we watched people in the station.
Getting a Twizzler

Getting a Twizzler


A lady asked him if he was any good on the violin and he kind of shrugged and she told him to say that he was VERY good of course. And then she said that we could tell that she was an old music teacher.
Train coming in to BWI station

Train coming in to BWI station


When our train was called, we went out on the platform, and I looked to see where the snack car was - it was second in line. So we walked up to the third car and got on that. I had a bit of a problem lifting my bag over the gap, so a man with a German accent picked it up and moved it over for me and then asked me if I wanted him to carry it. I felt just like mother and I said yes please, so he put it up in the rack for me.
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I had thought that we could each have a window if the seat-backs would move, but they would not, so I let him have the window.

As soon as the conductor came around, we went to the cafe car. He wanted a breakfast sandwich, but they were out. So he had a hamburger which he said was good, and a Pepsi and I had a tuna sandwich on wheat (which was soggy) and cranberry juice and a choc.chip cookie which I said I didn't want heated. I said that the melted chips made a mess. So later, he went back and got a heated cookie and sure enough, got chocolate on his shirt. We went out of Baltimore, and crossed some rivers and got to Wilmington
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and then got to Philadelphia.
100_5751.jpgBalloon over the Philadelphia zoo

Balloon over the Philadelphia zoo


When they announced Trenton, we got up quickly so that we'd have enough time to get off the train, and when we got off, there was my sister.
My sister taking our picture getting off the train

My sister taking our picture getting off the train


Trenton station temporary exit with graphics

Trenton station temporary exit with graphics


After she picked us up at the Trenton station (which was under construction), she drove us through Trenton and past where the Battle of Princeton
Mercer Oak/Princeton Battlefield

Mercer Oak/Princeton Battlefield


was, and also past Einstein's former house.
Einstein's house from the car

Einstein's house from the car


We also stopped at the Princeton Quaker meeting house.
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Stoney Brook Meeting House and Historic postcard


Princeton Meeting sign

Princeton Meeting sign


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Built 1726 Date in the masonry and closeup of the Historical Marker

Entrance gates

Entrance gates


Small gravestones in a shady corner

Small gravestones in a shady corner


Plaque honoring Richard Stockton-signer of the Declaration of Independence

Plaque honoring Richard Stockton-signer of the Declaration of Independence


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We drove through Princeton University
Nassau Hall?

Nassau Hall?


Then she took us to her house, and she went back to work. we were sleeping upstairs - My grandson was on a cot in my BIL's computer room
His photo of his bed

His photo of his bed


My BIL got home before my sister, and we talked to him for a bit.My grandson made a really good impression on him, talking about his Eagle Scout project, school etc. Then my sister got home, and we all went out to dinner to a place called Main Street in Princeton.
My sister, grandson and BIL on way to restaurant

My sister, grandson and BIL on way to restaurant


My grandson had a salmon steak,
Salmon

Salmon


which he said was not as good as the one his grandfather (my husband) cooked. He said it was sort of bland. I had a pasta dish, and my BIL had steak.
Brother-in-law's steak

Brother-in-law's steak

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dessert

Flowers in the restaurant

Flowers in the restaurant


Then we went to the grocery store, and dropped his roll of film off to see how the camera was working, and came home. He has a digital camera and the old film camera with a big telephoto lens. My BIL gave me the password to get onto his wireless system, but then I ran into a huge problem. My digital camera software won't work. I've tried downloading and repairing, but to no avail. Not sure what I will do about that.

Meanwhile, my sister and my grandson worked on the piece of music that he's practicing on the violin and they came to some conclusion which seemed to satisfy them both.They went out and copied my grandson's passport just in case, and picked up the photos that had been developed and most of them came out well. There were a couple that were too dark. I took a couple out of the car window at dusk, which were also too dark and not in focus. Forgetting that I was not taking digital photos.

My sister asked me what we wanted to do tomorrow, and if we wanted her to take off work to go with us to New York City, and I said we wanted to go to Ellis Island, and to see the Statue of Liberty, and yes we did want her to come with us.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:18 Archived in USA Tagged 2007 Comments (4)

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