Twenty six years ago I traveled with the same school, under the supervision of the same Middle School Head, to the same city and same hotel. Fast forward, and I am now the ‘adult’ (I use that term loosely) taking my daughter and her classmates on the very same trip. In all these years, I have never been back to DC and boy did we have a good time. A blizzard, a blind convention, and the stomach bug were waiting for us when we arrived in DC with 100 students and chaperones. And you know what? We had a blast!
With piles of snow abound, and federal buildings shut down for the better part of our trip, these kids quickly learned how to adapt and make the most of their ever changing itinerary. By the end of the trip, we managed to hit most everything including the Capitol, White House (although we weren’t able to go in for our scheduled tour), Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art (my favorite!), The Holocaust Museum, Museum of American History, Museum of Natural History, Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, MLK Memorial, and on and on. We managed to squeeze in ice skating, a snowball fight and Embassy Row.
I can remember that trip, as a 7th grade student myself so vividly. To date, probably one of the biggest full circle parenting moments….