BY ANGELA GARY
During our college years and early adult life, I would plan these fun trips for my sister and friends. Traveling along the plantation trail on the Natchez Trace in Mississippi, exploring New Orleans, crossing those amazing bridges as we drove from Miami to Key West.
I was the unofficial travel agent for the group. I took input from everyone, made the arrangements and off we went. Everyone was always pleased with our travels except for one person. Without fail, my younger sister, Amanda, would look around and say, “It’s not what I expected.”
I never knew exactly what she was expecting on our travels but it must have been really amazing. Her imagination must have conjured up something really unusual. Maybe Scarlet and Rhett showing up at the plantations, a parade in her honor in New Orleans or diving off the bridges from Miami to Key West.
My sister was always quick to say she was having fun. She just had to add, “It’s just not what I expected.” Decades later, I’m still not sure what she was expecting.
I am afraid that Amanda’s son, Jake, has inherited this trait from her. I planned a last mini trip for the boys before school started. Grayson loves trains, so I planned a train ride for us on the Dinosaur Train excursion offered by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, N.C.
Grayson really loved the train ride, train museum and train shop. Some of his comments were, “This is the best day ever,” “You are the best GGY ever” and “This is amazing!” Grayson is already planning our next train excursions—the pumpkin ride in the fall and the Polar Express in December.
Jake wasn’t as impressed with the outing. He enjoyed the family time but for some reason, he thought our Dinosaur adventure would be more along the lines of Jurassic World with the day to include us flying through the jungle in a jeep with T-rex chasing us. That didn’t happen. It would have been really cool but it didn’t happen.
Instead, we took the train ride, stopping off in the train adventure area to play putt putt, have our photo made with a Dinosaur character and play a few games. It was great family fun but apparently not what Jake was expecting. Great to see another generation carrying on this trait! It really is all in your perspective.
Angela Gary is an editor with MainStreet Newspapers. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.