It had been awhile since we visited Grand Rapids together. As we wandered the streets that Sunday, we couldn’t believe how quickly our old city
had changed is changing. Yes, there were parts of the city that still felt like home, but with all the construction, it also kind of felt like unchartered territory for us. And on that level, it was kind of fun: to play tourists so close to home.
It was rainy and dark as we walked to the Public Museum, dodging puddles and pulling our jacket hoods up for protection. None of us seemed to mind the state of the sky, however. Sean and I were just happy to be out of the house and June Bea, as usual, was simply excited to be a part of the adventure. We were an easy group to please, it seems.
We stood in a line that wound itself like an “S”, waiting to buy our admission tickets. June Bea, in her stroller, took the opportunity to wave at strangers, pointing and laughing at whoever would catch her eye. I am certain that we could have left without going into the museum and she would have considered it a win. As we entered the museum Sean and I marveled at how two introverts had made one wildly extroverted child. Genetics have a funny way of working out.
The exhibit this month was called “Robot Zoo”. And so, together, the three of us pinged between larger than life robotic creatures: a grasshopper with moving legs, a bat with drowsy wings tucked against its sleeping body, a fly with eyes made from hundreds of cameras that projected our image onto nearby screens. June explored the world with wide eyes, unfrightened by her new environment, curious to discover what was next.
As a family we rode the antique carousel, spinning around and around and around. How can our child be old enough to wear a pigtail and ride a carousel? It seems impossible. We all stepped off the ride, dizzy and hungry and ready for our next adventure: lunch. Our favorite time of the day. And so we left the museaum behind us, another item checked off our summer bucket list, another adventure to write about here, another memory to share with June Bea in the years to come.
Being a family with these two is my favorite thing ever.
I am lucky to see the world, near and far, with Sean and June Bea.
I would want it no other way.