“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?”–Julia Child

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  1. Lil says:

    One day I will spend a week in Washington doing the museums. Probably without the spousal unit as he’s not a huge museum fan. Will you come join me?

    PS: That baby is creepy as all get out. *shudder*

  2. Robin Preble says:

    That sounds like one fantastic trip. But as for that weepy Midwestern woman who seemed to be constantly in your vicinity, well, it’s just so strange because a person fitting that description seems to often be nearby to my family as well. My kinds sometimes call her “Mom” and roll their eyes. Total coincidence, I’m sure.

  3. Pearl says:

    Oh, what I’d give to go to museums with you. Then there’d be two — TWO! — teary-eyed Midwestern women…


  4. kmkat says:

    Seriously interesting post, dude.

  5. Deborah says:

    I’ve always said I’m not really a museum person – not that I’m not interested, but that my stamina for them is pretty low. But the Smithsonian(s)? Now there’s a place I could spend a long, long time in. I had no idea it was so plural. And no idea about creeping babies, either.
    Your trip should make you proud of yourself. Just look at what you’ve given your kids – a cultural, historical and educational experience wrapped up with some serious fun, by the sound of it. What good parents you are! Others might go to Disneyland…not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you know….

    And you look mighty fine, Ms. Midwestern Mom.

  6. Jaleh says:

    Visiting DC in August is a feat worth lauding alone! I loved the first ladies gown section of the Smithsonian, and all the pop culture bits as well as the Enigma machine. But what I really loved was the air-conditioning. DC in the summer is a bug-filled steam room. You guys are champs!

  7. chlost says:

    If I ever were to have the opportunity to join you and Pearl, there would then be two teary Midwestern Moms and one teary Midwestern Grandmother (and a partridge in a pear tree!) I loved showing my kids things in DC, but we had much less time than your family. It was many years ago now (?how does that happen?) but our family loved it. My kids saw their first homeless veterans sleeping on cardboard along the mall—even more educational than all of the museums combined. We had some serious ‘splaining to do on that one. History, past and present made a huge impact on our kids.

  8. lime says:

    it’s been about 9 years since i’ve been to DC so i have not had the joy of seeing the mlk, jr memorial or the native american museum. i have wanted to for quite a while. you are convincing me this is a matter of some urgency. then bystanders may see a pudgy, bespectacled northeastern woman weeping at the wonder.

  9. Jan says:

    I’d be the teary-eyed mom from the Pacific Northwest. I can tell my son knows something important is coming when he says, “Are you going to cry, Mom?” Yes, dear, I am probably going to cry.

    And speaking of teary-eyed — I love that Chip & Rob can plan a wedding a YEAR in the future, without fear that the laws won’t change on them in the meantime. At least I hope they won’t! (I suppose that will depend on how we do in November, huh?)

    • Jocelyn says:

      I am loving this mental image of all of us Teary-Eyed Appreciators gathering in various museums, getting our weep on.

      As far as Chip and Rob go, they live in Virginia, where same-sex marriage is not legal. They will have their ceremony in Maryland, where it is. Thus, they will live in literal and figurative states of non-legality; but, most importantly, the love and courage are in standing up and taking unto yourself the person you love, publicly–no matter what the laws say, yes?

  10. pam says:

    Wow. Fascinating and interesting. Thanks Jocelyn! Gob-smacked by the history surrounding the crawling doll. We do crawling patterning with developmentally delayed little ones, as part of our teaching practice and co-ordination activites, and crawling is seen as vital in the process of reinforcing and strengthening pathways for later learning. I tactfully try to discourage the use of the early introduction of ‘walkers’ on wheels, which are often unstable and interrupt a vital process. The information surrounding the history of the crawling doll leaves me shaking my head, but then a lot does these days.
    Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Loved the post and pics.

  11. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I have the same reaction to Winnie the Pooh sweatshirts.
    And I adore the Smithsonian museums–what a trove of awesomeness! I saw the First Ladies collection in June and my take away was their various sizes– a lot of short women in that house!
    Someday…I’m bringing my loved ones there to marvel at it all. Hope Hannah’s still working there;)

  12. I see the Canadian embassy in the background of one of your Newseum photos. Did some research there when I was in college, for a paper in a Canadian Politics class that I took more because I was enamored of the professor than Canada. (He was Oxford educated, very tall, and terribly handsome) I stiff armed, and then walked face first into, a giant pane of glass that turned out to be a wall, despite looking very much like the door located next to it, alarming a group of visiting businessmen from (I think) Japan. Good times.

  13. magpie says:

    DC is fabulous to visit. We were there in February, and wore ourselves out. Thanks for all the memories – and all the places we didn’t see!

  14. christopher says:

    I’ve been to so many museums in NY, that sometimes I forget to go explore museums elsewhere. Recently though, as a family, we were thinking of going to D.C. in the fall to see The Smithsonian, etc..

    And so good to visit your page again. Besides that I don’t post frequently….for some reason I lost track of reading yours.

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