About a month ago I was chatting with my friend Jeanne - she had a dream. A devoted admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. since the fifth grade; she longed to visit his memorial in Washington, D.C. I love our nation's capital, and had visited three times in the last two years - courtesy of my online bargain hunting skills. After a short conversation with myself; "Self, you up for a fourth visit?" Self said, "Sure" and I hit the keyboard. The Universe was with me; a deep discount for the Sheraton Pentagon City appeared on the screen. I booked a double room and sent a FB message to Jeanne. The next few weeks we talked endlessly about our upcoming adventure.
Jeanne picked me up early this past Monday morning, and we were at the hotel by 3pm. We parked the car, dropped our bags, and taxied over to the Memorial. It was such a moment watching her approach the statue. She glowed. Jeanne photographed each of the quotes from Dr. King's speeches carved into the walls near the memorial park entrance. Then it was on to the gift shop to check out books, cards, and other memorabilia.
Our next stop was Union Station where we hopped a bus to tour D.C. by night. My daughter Josie and I had taken the same tour during our visit in March and loved it. I knew Jeanne would too. The tour was three hours with stops at the MLK Jr, Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and IWO Jima Memorial sites. We watched a Blood Moon rise high in the sky above the Capital Building. Magickal stuff.
The next morning we stopped by Ford's Theater, and then walked over to the National Mall. We visited the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art, and had lunch at The Gallery Cafe.
Jeanne is an admirer of Robert Indiana's famous LOVE statues, delighted in finding his AMOR piece in the Garden. Looking good Jeanne!
Before I sign off on this post I want to share something with all of you. On the way down we used my IPhone for navigation and the battery completely drained. There was no time to charge it, so I had to do the rest of the day and evening without it. No Facebook. No Google. No Siri. No texting. No camera. Zippity Do Dah. All I had was the ultra low-tech cheapie pre-paid flip phone I keep in my bag for emergencies. But you know what? I didn't miss it at all.
So I'll leave you now with the following:
- Road trips with your wondrous women friends are great. A road trip with your sister from another mister even greater.
- When you are with your wondrous woman friends speak your stories and listen intently to theirs.
- A short break from social media will not - I repeat - will not kill you.
- Helping someone cross something off their bucket list is as good as crossing something off your own.
Much bloglove to all,