I’ve rather enjoyed being pleasantly surprised by the results of my lack of research ahead of time! My trip to visit my cousin Susan and her husband, Eric, who is a teacher at St. Andrew’s in Delaware was no exception! Turns out the campus was the setting for the film Dead Poet’s Society and Susan was more than happy to show me all the locations, including the infamous “Seize the day, boys!” one. The grounds and buildings were truly lovely, and rather reminded me of Wells College, my alma mater! I soon found myself wishing I could work there! But several sources told me boarding schools suck their employees rather dry…
After lunch in the dining hall, with a yummy spread to choose from and students mingling about, Susan and I took a little tour and stopped by Eric’s office to say hi. Soon after that, we dashed off to do some etching at Susan’s church and then headed up to New Castle. Susan explained that in the courthouse, they took a compass to the map of Delaware and made a half circle, hence the “dome” at the top of the state. We walked around the ancient square and nearby walled church cemetary before Susan noticed someone she knew sitting on his porch swing. A former colleague and choral director. We went over and were invited in by his wife for tea and delicious apple cake! A lovely way to warm up from the chilly weather!
We walked a bit by the water and then made plans to meet Eric for dinner. We drove into Middletown and had a simple but delicious pasta at a local Italian, complete with singer/guitarist who finished off the evening renditions with my personal favorite, That’s Amore! Susan and I stole into the theater next door to see the stage that was used in the movie. There was a sign honoring Robin Williams and an easel with the movie name inside.
Back at home, Susan and I stayed up late looking through pictures from her trip to Serbia where her mom and my dad were born and looked through maps and other historical info. Too much to take in properly! When I retired for bed, the bedspread’s essence reminded me of our grandma. I fell deep asleep.