15 To Go

This is shaping up as a wild, fun-filled summer. If all goes as planned, I’ll my kids here together for a happy occasion for the first time in nine years. Sure, we’ve been together, but generally it’s because of sickness or death. My three out of town children will join my two locals to celebrate my grandson’s graduation July 5. I am soooo looking forward to having the brood here. I don’t tell them often enough how much I miss them.

And then, less than a week later, I’m planning an adventure with my grandchildren.

That needs a little background. After Karen died, I literally was at a loss of what to do for Christmas for the grandchildren. Karen always took care of gifting. I came up with the bright idea of treating them to an outing. And I’ve felt Karen’s presence and smile of approval during the junkets.

We’ve been to the Radio City Christmas Show — the traveling show in Cleveland and Boston and the real deal in New York City. Two years ago, I booked an Easter cruise for them in Boston.

And it has been great. Usually there is a group ranging from eight to 10 children between the ages of six and 16. My daughters or daughters-in-law help out as chaperones. We book a couple of rooms and just … well … interact.

The first year was special and really set the tone for subsequent travels. The biggest disaster that first year was spilled water at lunch. I took such pride in watching and listening to the older grandkids taking the younger ones under their wing … the kids exchanging e-mail addresses … and no one getting whiney.

Even in New York City, the kids looked out for each other on the busy streets and subway. And no one panicked when my granddaughter lost a boot in a Boston snowdrift following the 2010 Christmas blizzard {yes, we still went to the Christmas Show}. That was, however, part of the decision to move the outing to the Easter break and the cruise the following year.

Circumstances didn’t allow us to take a trip in 2012 or 2013. But it bothered me that I hadn’t gotten the grandkids together. So this year, we’re gathering the kiddies and taking off on an adventure.

The game plan is to head to Somerset, NJ, the July 17-20 weekend as the anchor for the trip. I figured the kids can use the pool that Thursday night to unwind.

Friday, I plan on taking them to the shore — my favorite, Seaside Heights, to be exact — for a day on the beach and boardwalk. I’ll probably drop some coin in the arcade and pier and I thought it would be fun to play miniature golf on the two-building rooftop overlooking the boardwalk and ocean. And, of course, we’ll gorge on pizza or sausage and peppers or chicken fingers or whatever, all washed down with a Kohr’s frozen custard.

Saturday’s adventure includes a stop at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken — hopefully with a visit by the Cake Boss himself or one of his helpers. I’m planning the trip across the Hudson on the ferry, parking, and taking the tribe to the Empire State Building for a trip to the observation tower. On the way down, we’ll stop on the second floor for a 30 minute multi-media virtual tour simulator. They say the Kevin Bacon narrated experience is the perfect introduction to the greatest city in the world where fantasy comes to life via a specially designed platform which moves in sync to an 18-foot high-definition screen.

From there, I’m thinking we’ll head to Central Park for a spin on the carousel and maybe a stop at the zoo. We’ll cap the day with a Circle Line tour.

Sunday, my daughter will head back to Ohio and the rest of us will head to Massachusetts to drop off my two grandsons.

Since I started planning the trip, things have sort of mushroomed. My daughter, her significant other, one of my older grandchildren and one of my youngest grandchildren asked if they could join us. So, it looks like the Siccardi clan will include me, perhaps {hopefully} a really good friend, my two daughters, a significant other, two grandsons outside our age range (18 and 1 — normal outings are 6 to 16} and eight grandchildren — four boys and four girls — between the ages of 6 and 14. That’s 15!

Anybody know where I can rent or borrow at 15 passenger van?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Wealth is not in making money, but in making the man while he is making money.

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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5 Responses to 15 To Go

  1. TamrahJo says:

    You could check with a local politician that isn’t due to start campaigning anytime soon and see if you could rent his tour bus! 🙂

  2. have a wonderful trip! Sounds delightful.

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