Thursday, October 16, 2008
New England Escape
Where: Massachusettes, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
Why: Brother's wedding at the Gamble Mansion-downtown Boston/vacation
Who: Bice Family, Pelletier Family, Joe and Jen Jackson, Heather and Alan Staker
What: Wedding, beyond fantastic food, dancing, shopping, walking, sailing, sight seeing, pastries, history, Atlantic ocean, laughter, tears, stress, fun, escape, learning, loving, living.
When: Oct 8-Oct 15
Accomodations: The North End, The Jackson Household
Specific Sights: Old North Church, John and Abigail Adams crypts and homestead in Quincy, Mass, Salem, Mass--home of the infamous Witch Trials, Home of Louisa May Alcott-Author of Little Women, Old North Bridge (shot heard round the world), Jackson House in Portsmouth, NH, Cape Neddick Nubble lighthouse in York, Mass, The Breakers and cliff walk in Portsmouth, RI, Boston Temple, Freedom Trail, Boston Harbor, Harvard, Cambridge, etc, etc, etc. A bit of heaven on earth.
Just a little something to tide us over on the long flight.
At the wedding rehearsal. Bice doing a little planning with the caterer and bandmates.
The Bice girls at the rehearsal dinner.
Brother and sister getting ready for the big moment.
Suck it in sistah.
The blushing bride before the big reveal.
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Bice
Monkeying around with Lucy's cousin, Jack, in the North End.
Old North Church. (One if by land, two if by sea) This was literally 15 yards from our apartment where we were staying.
The Bice children and their spouses on the steps of the Harvard Library. Don't mind my husband. I'm still camera training him.
We got a text one morning from my brother Taylor saying, "There are elephants on Hanover Street!" What? Who gets told through a casual text message there are elephants on the street? The circus was in town and brought out the elephants for a little show. How many people cry when they see an elephant? The excitment on those children's faces, the look of anticipation in their parents eyes--it broke my heart. Lucy would have loved it. We thought it would be a great title of a Children's Book--There's an Elephant on Hanover Street. We said it often throughout the day. At one point I looked at Vic and asked him why the phrase wasn't making him smile. He said it was because of the next line running through his head, "There's an elephant on Hanover Street. Where is my Lucy sweet?" Someday. Someday we will go to the circus with Lucy and see elephants.
For now, I delight in seeing my niece Bailey look at them.
New Sister-in-law Marie and I laughing at ourselves on the cliff walk in Rhode Island.
I love these people.
Amazing. Can I please move to New England and start sailing?
How did my brother get such a babe? Italian nonetheless.
And how did I get this hotness we see before us? He belongs on the high seas.
How could you not cry when looking at this and thinking of your daughter, who's name means Light? You can't. So we did. We cried and we felt Lucy with us.
My growing baby bump.
Amazed at the beauty of Concord. Oh, the foliage!
At the home of Louisa May Alcott--oh, how I love her. Like Jen Jackson said, Little Women is more than just a book. It's a right of passage.
On the North Bridge.
It was all so breathtakingly beautiful. The food and company were so satisfying and wonderful. The weather was perfect. The wedding was unbelievable. I had the honor and somewhat emotionally difficult task of standing in for Lucy as a flower girl. I'm sure she was there cheering on her Uncle Nathan and reminding us all what a special and sacred event a marriage is. To say that we ached and longed for her to be there with us is a gross understatement. But she has taught us new ways to see and live. We see everything through her eyes now. I have hope that the pain we are experiencing is only a catalyst in enabling us to feel greater joy in the future. It was a fantastic trip, to say the least. Coming home was much more difficult than I expected and I have been struggling all day to fill my time and not give in to despair. Time to roll up my sleeves and get to work serving others, developing talents, and just down right good old fashioned toiling away at the work of life.
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