Lois Lowry's Blog
Me and the Guys
These are my two grandsons. I have another grandson, but he is 26 years old, sensible and self-supporting. These, 8 and 10, are the two that I am taking off tomorrow, by plane, on an adventure.
Are we going to have fun? You betcha.
When my oldest grandson, James---now known as Jay---was ten, I told him that I would take him on a trip the next summer during his school vacation. He could choose the place. I gave him plenty of time to think about and research places. He chose, after much thought, New Zealand. I would have been willing to take him there---I had been to New Zealand and knew how appealing it is---but I dreaded the hideously long trip, with a kid.
Needn't have worried, though. When I pointed out to him that summer in New England would be winter in New Zealand, he changed his mind. And so we went to Choice #2: Hawaii. It was great. He had just turned eleven, and eleven is a wonderful age. No adolescent angst, yet. We enjoyed oursleves, and we enjoyed each other.
Now grandson Grey is about to turn eleven, and so we are doing the trip thing again. But this time I am including his younger brother, and this time I chose the destination....because I didn't relish re-doing the 9-hour flight to Honolulu.
So the boys and I are going to Bermuda. Two hours from Boston by plane.
Today it is chilly and rainy again in Maine. We don't care. Tomorrow afternoon we will be at Elbow Beach.