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June 25, 2009

This Wonderful Life: Posey and Bee Go to Washington

You should know, first, that I am a total democracy nerd. Nothing is so thrilling to me as a peaceful transition of power. And when the leaders of our communities, states and country preserve and uphold the rule of law, well, I must admit, I get a little flutter in my tummy.

Yes — I heart democracy.

Because I am such a nerd for democracy, Washington D.C., is one of my very favorite cities in the world. Nevermind that its Chinatown is all of one block long and that its IKEAs are actually in Maryland and Virginia, our nation’s capital is nonetheless my very favorite place on earth.

As a teenager, I visited my favorite aunt there almost every summer. We visited the monuments and Smithsonian museums. I brought home postcards of paintings in the Freer Gallery collection and decorated my bedroom.

Last week, I ventured to the city with my daughters, and came away once again feeling all gushy inside for America.

Although my husband and I were both in the city, we barely saw each other, as he was tending to work duties during the days and many of the nights. That left the girls and me to explore on our own.

I wasn’t brave (or foolish) enough to attempt a trip to the National Mall or the Smithsonian museums on my own. Posey is 3 in a big way, and an outing like that would require at least two — possibly six or more — alert adults. Instead, we went to the National Zoo. It was a drizzly day, which worked in our favor, since it meant throngs of other summer tourists opted for indoor activities.

There were no crowds to obstruct our views of the animals, and no waiting to get a glimpse into windows in the indoor spaces.

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