I returned from a short, but well-deserved, vacation last week. Some reasons why it was great include:
- babysitters available 24/7
- leaving Middleofnowhere
- grandparents (S's, not mine)
- new sights (like the Arch, above, and Plaza, below)
- forgetting momentarily that I don't know how to sleep and sleeping-in on three consecutive mornings (accomplished using the first point above)
- new and unusual spectacles (like a pre-Vatican II Mass. That was a trip in itself.)
- going out with R sans child
- staying out - past midnight - with good friends
One of the more remarkable sights was this one of the Plaza in Kansas City. The historian in me can't help but note that this was the first shopping district planned for automobile traffic. The admirer-of-arts in me enjoys both the Spanish/Moorish-influenced architecture and the notion of planning urban spaces - no box stores here and everyone has to get out of their cars and - gasp! - walk. I enjoyed strolling around the Plaza.
(note the blue-clad child doing some illegal fountain wading.)
The only draw-back to my vacation, now that it is over, is I have only five remaining days to work. School ends for the summer next week and I transition to full-time parenting.