Sometimes opportunities come along that we can't pass up. For us, one of those was a trip to Boston in mid-July to visit our granddaughter, Molly, and see some of the historical sights of the city. We went to Maryland, and our daughter and son-in-law drove us on up north.
Molly is a second-year student in the School of Law at Boston University, and we wanted to see what her apartment was like, as well as the law school facilities. You know us grandparents. We don't rest easy until we see where the grandchildren live and if the area is what we consider a secure one.
While her apartment was on the third floor, it is a pleasant one with plenty of room and nicely arranged in an older apartment building. And Molly's young legs can handle the steps up to the third floor.
The law school is essentially housed in one tall building with a great view up and down the Charles River. They are nice facilities with an excellent library, essential for law students.
Fortunately, we picked a nice weekend with beautiful weather, the best one all spring in Boston. As a result, all kinds of people were visiting the city and everything was crowded. We parked our car and walked or took the "T."
While we didn't have a lot of time, we did visit a few of the historical sights in Boston and Quincy. There is so much history in that area that one could spend a week and still not see it all.
One of our most interesting stops was the John Adams and John Quincy Adams homes in Quincy, not far from Boston. John was our second president and his son, John Quincy, our sixth.
Their first homes were very humble but much-used dwellings. Eventually, they moved into what John's wife called a "very genteel dwelling house." It was nothing like the styles of Washington or Jefferson's homes but comfortable and practical.
On the way up, our family wanted us to see some of the New York and Manhattan skylines. They were interesting, but we saw more of them than we really wanted. Because of an accident, there was a monumental traffic jam just before we got on the George Washington bridge. It only takes seconds for traffic to back up on those very busy highways. And I am still very much rural and small town-oriented.
A week after our Boston-Maryland trip, we went to North Bloomfield's Historical Day, a big change from the hustle and bustle of Boston. But we had time to quietly see the historical pictures and displays and the old tractors and enjoy visiting longtime friends and an Amish dinner.
Now we have a grandson, Paul, and his wife, Ruthie, who have made the long trek to Provo, Utah. Paul will be a junior at Brigham Young University this winter. Modern technology allowed them to get pictures on their computer of an apartment that they have rented. Then they forwarded them on to us so we could feel comfortable about where they were going.
They are both young, and neither one had been very far west, so it is an exciting adventure for them. But young folks adapt easily and they will soon make many friends. And there is so much beautiful scenery and many interesting sights to see in the west that they will not run out of enjoyable things to do. Paul wants to major in some field of communications or advertising.
So our major travels for the summer are over, and we still have much of the summer left to do some local activities, such as giving a historical talk about 4-H Camp Whitewood to a group at camp next Sunday. We might make a two-day trip to northwestern Ohio in September with friends. We also have company coming from Arizona and Colorado in October.
It continues to be an interesting summer.
Parker grew up in Trumbull County and is an independent writer for the Tribune.