Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bound for Boston...

“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.” - John Collins Brossidy, 1910

We are heading to Beantown! The Hub! I love Boston but our trip is a whirlwind so I’m already lamenting the fact that we won’t be there long enough to visit a tenth of the places I’d like to show the girls.

My adoration for all things New England is a mix of loving the sights and the history combined with my nostalgia for the years we were Massachusetts residents.

With wonderful memories of that time and place a trek back to Boston is bound to bring back lots of reminiscing.

Boston has always felt like Brainiac, USA to me. Besides Harvard (technically in Cambridge) there are probably more universities in Boston than any other city. Just to name a few: MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis, Wellesley, Tufts, Babson, Suffolk, University of Massachusetts, Bentley College, and last but not least, Sara Mitchell’s alma mater, Emerson College. The brain power almost feels palpable.

It’s a city with brains but plenty of brawn too. Boston’s professional sports teams have deep rooted loyal fans. We didn’t follow the Patriots or Bruins but we loved the Red Sox and practically worshipped the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge heyday (NBA Champions 1984 & 1986).

Last but not least, the sport (or reason) we are Boston bound is sometimes known simply as “The Boston” which references the exclusive Boston Marathon aka The Holy Grail for runners! And since we won’t have time to see all the sights, a good long run (say 26 miles) for the girls should be a good way for them to take in the city (and then some)!