| louisa may alcott's house... can't you see just seeing it inspiring the march sisters?! | parker came along on his first history lesson and slept through most of it | minuteman national park + parker and i at north bridge | steve + i at minuteman | sleepyhollow cemetery where we saw the graves of thoreau, emerson, alcott, nathaniel hawthorne, and lots more |
massachusetts is seriously rife with american history. most of which i ashamedly don't know much about. apparently i didn't pay enough (or any) attention during those lessons. walking around a place like concord, though, makes me realize how much i would like to know. i'm all, "steve, what happened here?" and he's like, "you know. the shot heard 'round the world?" and i'm like, "wait, that wasn't hiroshima?" and he just sadly shakes his head at me (ok... we didn't actually have that conversation but my lack of knowledge on historical matters is pathetic). so, i'm going to start learning more about these significant events in our nation's history... some of which have happened (almost) in my backyard. and now that i've written it here, you've all got to hold me accountable (and this was one of 2010's resolutions but apparently i didn't make good on it). anyway, the kids' grandparents were here this weekend and took the kids on a special little trip to an indoor water park and hotel. so, it was just steve, parker, + i. we woke up saturday morning like, "what should we do!?" steve suggested concord and i went with it. that place is so nice. the homes, the downtown, the churches, the parks, the history. we had lunch downtown, then walked to minuteman national park and then to sleepy hollow cemetery. it was a crisp fall day and the leaves are beginning to change and while i'll be seriously pissed at massachusetts when it covers us in snow in a few months i was very much, "i love you new england! you have the world's most beautiful fall!" and that was that.