Gillian's number one, non-negotiable request for the trip was a beach day on Cape Cod. She got her
beach day, and she also got plenty of bonding time with her cousin, uncle and aunt. Gillian hasn't spent much time with Atticus through the years, since he's lived so far away and my two previous visits to visit Jon and family in both Boston and Bangladesh didn't include her. I loved seeing the two cousins connect and get to know each other better. By the end of the trip they were teasing and antagonizing each other just like siblings!
For me, the trip was not only an opportunity to spend time with some of my favorite people, it was also a chance to make new memories in a city I last visited with Julie. I loved being there with her. We really bonded on that trip, and I view it as the time our adult relationship as peers really blossomed. It was good to be back to revisit my memories, and to be able to make new ones of shared, happy, silly, carefree moments with others I love and cherish as much as I loved and cherished her.
|Jon entertaining Gillian and Atticus while waiting for the T.|
|Playing on the docks|
|Madeleine cookies for Atticus|
|We spent a fun afternoon playing the classic New England game of Candle Pin Bowling.|
|Waiting to have some Boston Cream Pie at the Green Dragon Tavern,|
birthplace of the American Revolution.
|Jon showing off his candle pin bowling moves.|
|Riding the duck boats at Boston Public Garden.|
|In the stockades in Salem.|
|Lunch at The Lobster Shanty in Salem|
|Dunkin' Donuts-a Boston tradition!|
|Gillian sharing her donut with a hungry looking pirate.|
|Sam and I doing our best imitation of elderly women crossing the road.|
|Proud sand castle creators at Nauset Beach.|
|Gillian getting on Atticus' last nerve.|
|Lunch in Chinatown.|
|Gillian showing off her Chinatown souvenir umbrella.|