Sunday Feature: If We Were Having Coffee…

Unsplash by Justin Leibow
Unsplash by Justin Leibow

I’d tell you that after 12-ish hours in the car, Little Jedi and I got home from the beach last night. It wasn’t a bad drive, but it was a very long one. Of course, the drive itself was more like 9 and a half hours, while the other 2 and a half hours were mostly spent stopping for food and bathroom breaks. I’d tell you that we were a bit sad to leave the beach and some of our extended family, but that we were very happy to get back home to Sam and Tank. Work prohibited Sam from coming along on the trip, and of course pets aren’t generally welcome in time-shares, so Tank had to stay home, too. It’s nice to be home among my whole little family again.

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I’d tell you that we went to the St. Augustine pirate museum and to Whetstone Chocolate Factory on Friday, and that was one of Little Jedi’s favorite parts of the trip. I love historic St. Augustine, so I was glad that we drove over. A few years ago, contributor Cat and her then-fiance (now wife) Heather and I spent a week there, and it was one of the best vacations I’ve taken—partly to company and partly the place. I want to take Little Jedi back again (partly because I want to go back, myself). 🙂

The pirate museum is big enough to be interesting, and it’s interactive, but it’s also pretty small, making it just the right kind of thing for a few hours of indoor activity and learning before popping back out into the bright sunshine. Little Jedi was able to buy a Jack Sparrow Lego mini-figure, which made him terribly happy and served as a better souvenir than what he might otherwise have picked up at one of the beach-side stores. Whetstone Chocolate Factory had a really interesting tour of its small factory with taste-testing and the history of the company, which is really neat. Little Jedi enjoyed the tasting, of course, but he was also really fascinated by the machines and the processes of making the chocolate.

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I’d tell you that exactly a month from today, Little Jedi starts kindergarten. That makes me both proud and nervous. We’ve still got uniforms to buy, school supply costs to pay, and lots of other things to do to get ready. And I start classes on the same day, too, so I’ve got syllabi and online course information to ready for the semester. It’s difficult to believe that the summer is this close to ending.

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And I’d ask what you want to talk about on this lazy Sunday afternoon, what you’d say if we were having coffee.

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