Since 1979, my parents have lived in the town of Westborough, Massachusetts, a charming suburban town about 45 minutes out of Boston. I lived there until I moved to NYC in 1993 so Westborough will always feel like home to me. But as I told you a couple months ago, they sold their house (more on that here) and they’ll be moving to Clinton, CT (more on that here) as soon as the new house is ready. They moved out earlier this month and our last visit was over July 4th weekend.
(Image via Town Maps USA. Check it out – they have graphics for tons of cities and you can order t-shirts to show your hometown support.)
I spent the whole weekend getting really nostalgic and panicky–like I needed to do everything in town before they left. (Though I never got over to Harry’s or Cheng Du.) But I did stop at my old high school. I always loved the architecture of that building. You can read more about it here.
I had to stop at my elementary school too. (That’s right. It’s called Fales. You got a problem with that?)
Can’t you picture little 7 year old me walking to class?
And of course, I couldn’t say goodbye to Westborough without a visit to the house(s) I grew up. That’s mine on the right (more on that here) and the one in the foreground belonged to my childhood BFF, Jen. Sometimes I think I spent more time at her house than at mine! The day we moved in, I saw her in the driveway so I went right over and introduced myself. We were inseparable for the next 10 years.
I felt like I hadn’t taken advantage of sharing Boston with the kids and though I know we’re not that far away, it just won’t be as convenient to get there as when we camped out at Casa Mimi and Papa. So, I dragged Pablo and the girls into Boston in 95 degree weather to take a Duck Tour. We “pahked the cah” (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) at the Museum of Science and took this picture of the Charles River from the parking garage. Little did we know that Sophia and Lily would be driving our “duck” under that bridge an hour later.
For anyone not in the know, a Duck Tour takes place on this weird thing, sort of a combo of a bus and a boat. The first half of the tour is a guided historical drive around Boston, then the “duck” drives right into the water for a little boat tour. It’s totally touristy but I felt like it was a nice way to see a lot of the city pretty quickly and I would highly recommend it. Bonus: our duck was named Frog Pond Lily. Totally unplanned but totally awesome.
Me and Soph are aviator twinsies.
Hold onto your seats, we’re going in!
Sing it with me: “I love that dirty water. Boston, you’re my home”.
Sophia and Lily each got a chance to drive the duck.
But one of the things we’re going to miss the most in Massachusetts is family. July 4th weekend was the first time we got all the cousins from both sides of the family together: Baylee, Ariana, Carter, Sophia, Lily and Jonathan.
Looks like we’ll definitely be back!
And in other Mimi and Papa house news, here are a few new pictures from the building site. We just can’t wait for it to be DONE!
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