Mother's Day had flowers,
good food and drink,
and a field.
It also had a thoughful poem, a "speshial" love note, and just the right creamy coffee brought in while I took my time surfacing.
The best part of our day was certainly in the way we managed the unexpected. Life is like that after all, and by staying focused on what was good for us collectively we got much more happiness and satisfaction out of the afternoon.
After winding around to a couple of destinations, our final stop was Fort Stevens. I had no idea it was even there -- an unassuming plot of grassy mounds in the middle of an otherwise non-descript residential neighborhood. Fort Stevens was a part of DC's fortification against Confederate troops during the civil war. It was on this site that Abraham Lincoln came under attack in July of 1864. Forty-one soldiers lost their lives there that day.
All of this was not lost on the kids. While they mostly enjoyed their freedom to roam about, they piled on questions when we got back in the car. They were curious, and a bit spooked, about what might be inside those bunkers.
I hope that Mothers Day festivities were fortifying to your family as well.
It occurs to me that our adventures around Washington, DC might be helpful to families planning a visit. We tend to approach our weekends as tourists in our own back yard, and I have shared a number of those experiences here on the blog. I'm thinking I might collect those posts together as a highlight feature.
Would that be of interest, dear readers?