Monday, July 13, 2009

Lady Liberty


We're spending our last couple of days visiting some of the sights here in Jersey. Yesterday, I took the kids and we drove up to see the first house I lived in as a child. It was fun seeing the neighborhood, remembering landmarks that were so important to me. Where I caught the school bus, the places my brothers and I used to play, the empty field at the end of the block where one of our neighbors planted his garden. It was such a treat to be able to ride in the back of his pick up truck all the way around the block, all the kids among the watering cans, rakes and shovels.

I even got to visit with our neighbor who still lives next door to our old house. She filled me in on all the news of the past 40 plus years. A few of the families we knew still live there.

Today, we braved the Jersey Turnpike and went to see the Statue of Liberty. We caught the ferry on the Jersey side and toured Ellis Island.

Tomorrow, we'll spend the day getting ready for the return trip to Colorado. Still lots of things to see on the way, and Dan will be meeting us part way! We're all getting a bit homesick, but are determined to enjoy the final week of our vacation.


6 comments:

Joanne said...

What a wonderful vacation you and your family are having, so many good times, so many memories. That's what it's all about, sharing your time together. Enjoy the rest of it!

Jen said...

I bet seeing your old neighborhood and neighbor was awesome. Imagine the stories she or he has. That is pretty cool. I take Madison by my old home growing up on occasion....she enjoys it...of course its across town. lol.

Becky said...

I was wondering if you would take a different route home and enjoy some more sight seeing. I bet you are getting anxious to get back to your own bed.

Judy said...

I've enjoyed your vacation immensely! Thanks for taking me along.

Susanne said...

Seeing your old house was probably very nostalgic! Too bad about the tickets up the Statue.

Bill said...

How marvelous that you got to tour your old neighborhood, and catch up with a neighbor!