My one hundredth blog post!
When I felt nudged to start this blog the beginning of July, I did not really know the directions that it would take me. Or the people I would meet. Or all of the photo editing that was required. Or the fact that having to put words to my experiences would force me to be a little more aware. I have oodles of ideas, so I do not anticipate my writing slowing down any too soon.
I am not sure that I could pick any place as being my favorite that we have explored. After all, each place I learned a bit more and took away something positive. I have continued to appreciate all the Nebraska and its people have to offer. But I do have one experience that sticks out.
We had spent the afternoon first at the Ferguson House – a beautiful home near the Lincoln Capitol building.
My mom was with us that afternoon – one of my favorite people to be with. I deeply regret that I did not take any pictures of her with the kids. This was fairly early on in my blogging, and I was worried far too much about place pictures instead of taking people ones too. Still trying to work on that …
After that tour, we went over to the Governor’s Mansion. They were having a special anniversary of the residence open house.
The kids got to go on a picture scavenger hunt throughout the house. Plus they got to meet First Dog Snickers and the First Lady. A really fun afternoon.
We stopped so I could get a quick back adjustment on the way home. Since the house was going to be open the next day again, I thought my chiropractor might want to take his daughter. I asked the kids to tell him about our fun adventures. At first they could not remember where we had just left. (I was a bit flabbergasted by that!)
Then my daughter piped up. “We just went to the Governor’s Mansion, but we might get to go to Hy-Vee on our way home.” I started to laugh. As a grown-up I can get caught up in the big experiences. I loved the fact that to my daughter a trip to the grocery store was at the same level as a trip to see the home of one of the most powerful men in the state. Time spent with mom and Grammi was what mattered to her.
Unpretentious: not making claim to distinction.
I ended up getting into a conversation with the First Lady about her gardens and her herbs. She definitely seemed to be rather unassuming – I felt like I was having a conversation with my cooking club friends. Of course, I also enjoy talking to her volunteer assistant. I enjoy taking to Nebraskans. 🙂
That is most definitely how I want to be and how I want my children to be. Treating every place we go and every person that we meet with consideration no matter their level or position. I am continuing to learn this. That every opportunity that I have to write and to interview and to tour is a gift. I am thankful to my daughter for her innocent lesson.