I rarely use prompts for my blog, but today's NaBloPoMo prompt brought a smile to my face.
"Talk about a surprise that made you happy."
Sunday, on the way home from a Thanksgiving visit to my mother in law, my son made a surprise announcement.
He wants to see a total eclipse of the sun in August of 2017. It will be his first total solar eclipse. It will be my spouse's second. It will be my third. And, he wants to see it with Mom and Dad.
It will be the first time we take a vacation together since he was 16, if this trip comes to pass.
And it is all Herbert Hoover's fault.
When my son was twelve, we took a driving trip out to South Dakota from our home in upstate New York. Over the Memorial Day weekend, we found ourselves in Iowa City, Iowa, visiting a dear aunt of mine who has since left this world. We were having a great time, until I got the Bright Idea.
Herbert Hoover's' birthplace is near Iowa City, in a small town called West Branch.
What better way, I thought, to celebrate Memorial Day but to visit a presidential birthplace?
On the other hand, my son, who was not a fan of history to begin with, did not want anything to do with this plan. But Mom prevailed, and off we went.
My son, to put it mildly, was not impressed by the Herbert Hoover birthplace. Perhaps, if it had been a mansion, he might have been more impressed. But, it turns out, Herbert Hoover had humble beginnings - a tiny two room cottage, to be exact. Borrrr-ing. And, when Mom (me) wanted to visit the Presidential Library, which was free that day, my son had had enough. With a capital E. And, ahem, he made quite a scene.
The ironic part was, my son ended up taking AP History and loved it.
The rest of the trip was interesting. It was boiling hot (yes, Nebraska and South Dakota can get boiling hot in early June.) And our car was not air conditioned. And, by the time we reached the Black Hills, we were literally screaming at each other. I do not do well in heat.
I'm a Badddd Mother. True confession.
I keep telling son that he owes me a trip back to West Branch.
Well, my son is in his mid 20's now. And recently, he admitted that he was glad that I took him to the Hoover birthplace.
And now, he wants to see a total solar eclipse. With me. And his Dad.
At least this time, the car will have air conditioning.