10. Living Near DC

Smithsonian at Sunset

Yesterday, on a whim, I took the metro in to Washington, DC, and browsed the National Gallery of Art for a couple hours.

It was a symbolic thing to do for me.  Partly, it came from having read Madame Martine – a book where a lady lives in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, but never visits it because that’s for tourists.  Then a little dog she adopts runs away onto the elevator of the Eiffel Tower — and she discovers what she’s missing.

I only go into DC when I have visitors from out of town.  But why is that?

Also, when I lived in Germany, I did lots of Castling — visiting castles.  However, I only did it at the times when my husband was home to do it with me.  He traveled often with his job in the Air Force Band, so I figured if he was away, that gave me a break from Castling.  That worked out well — but it got me in the habit of not going to do cool things when I’m by myself.

Now I’m divorced; my kids are adults; I’m on my own and so far unsuccessful at finding a man to share my life with.

However, I got to thinking that I don’t want to wait to do things I think would be fun until I have a man in my life.  And, just maybe, that man wouldn’t think that browsing the National Gallery of Art was a super cool thing to do anyway!  This is my chance!

What’s more, the Smithsonian is free — It’s a national treasure, and it’s not that far away.

I want to be the kind of person who does cool things.

So I am happy with myself that yesterday I went to the National Gallery of Art!

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