Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gallivanting Girl

Kayleigh is back from D.C. She had a great time and wants to go back sometime. Here is her summary:

"The security guards are huge Black men. The people who work in food courts are Asian. The people in charge are white. In all, I think Washington, D.C., is a really racist city."

She was surprised by the ever-present security guards and metal detectors. She got pretty sick of the metal detectors.

She loved the International Spy Museum and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Their trip to Gettysburg was canceled because there was a quarter-inch of snow, and apparently THAT MUCH SNOW is dangerous. She "conveniently forgot" her swimming suit, as did one of her friends.

The popular snots on the bus objected to my daughter and her friends, known as rejects, being on the trip. The rejects ruined the trip for them. I'm glad. Kayleigh says she is not bothered by what they say to her. She said, "I'm going to be their boss someday."

One of her roommates puked at the mall. Kayleigh didn't like being at a mall. Why go all the way to D.C. just to go to a mall?

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, they got to see a wreath-laying ceremony. "Some leader from some country was there, and he laid a wreath. I don't know what country. It started with 'A,' I think." Wow, that girl knows her geography. Can you find "A" on a map? Is that where we send food and medical aid or drop bombs? Hmm.... WHATEVER! Welcome to America, which begins and ends with A.

She had one and a half showers while she was there. And she had the nerve to say one of her roommates smelled bad.

They saw "Shear Madness" at the Kennedy Center. Kayleigh said it was great but that the language was probably beyond PG-13. She was not objecting.

She bought us gifts. Kelsey was so tickled she kissed her. Kayleigh is not a kissy/huggy type, but she smiled, which was nice.

She loved the National Archives. The Capitol was awesome, and they were a test group to visit the Newseum, which she said was cool.

She ate a lot of Haagen-Dazs. Our Haagen-Dazs closed before she was born. What does Haagen-Dazs mean? Anything at all?

So that is the nation's capital as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old, Midwestern girl geek.


MJ Krech said...

My Lord, teens can be cruel. Where were the adults on that trip? They should have come down REALLY hard on the snobby ones about bullying. Because that's what that is. BULLYING. It didn't happen in my classroom, I can tell you. In my opinion, popular teens are the worst at bullying. And as much as Kayleigh says it doesn't bother her, it really must be at the most, agonizing and at the least, annoying. I hate for her to have to go through that crap. Tell her Aunt Marcia has no respect for those BULLIES and tons of respect for HER.

Sweet Irene said...

Haagen Dazs is a made up name, it doesn't mean anything, but is supposed to sound Scandinavian.

Kayleigh is lucky, I have never been to D.C. and now I will never get there. I still have to get to The Hague, where the queen has her work palace and where parliament sits.

America is a big country, yet you all seem to travel all around it as if it is nothing. What will happen when we really have a fuel shortage? No more plane rides.

jan said...

I hate for Kayleigh to have to go through the bullying. MJ is right it is bullying. You must be proud of her she has her head on straight. Just hope it stays that way with all the pressure. She will be a boss someday, after she improves her knowledge of geography.

aims said...

Your daughter has balls. Tell her she rocks!

Amy said...

Bullying sucks. Kayleigh says she is used to it, which bothers me a lot. I'm glad she tries to let it slide off her back, and I hope she doesn't take it to heart. MJ, shoot her a just-for-fun email. Jan, we'll work on the geography so she can take over the world. Aims, well-said. I'll tell her.

I was/am pretty nerdy, and my classmates said nasty things to me, too. It hurt my self-confidence a lot. I was known as a rag. Not very inspiring.

Irene, thanks for the low-down on Haagen-Dazs. I've never been to DC, either. It's funny we have a reputation of jetting off places. That was Kayleigh's first plane ride. Most people I know stay pretty close to home. It costs too much to go anywhere. No wonder we can't find "A" countries. We can hardly find the next county. And, yes, I know it's no excuse.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Teenage girls can be brutal. I think I still have claw marks in my back from the snobby girls. Thank god for us rejects.

It sounds like she had a great time. But I'm sure you're thrilled she's back home.

Dumdad said...

Washington, London - your blog travels. I just did that test about which city you belong to and I should be in Rome. I'm a Londoner who lives in Paris but should live in Rome. I knew I was confused!

P.S. Enjoyed your take on London; spot-on about road signs and shops. Two countries divided by a common language...

Amy said...

RC, rejects make the coolest and happiest adults, which is nice because we're adults a lot longer than we are kids.

Dumdad, thanks for visiting. I'm honored. I wish I got around as much as my blog!

christian said...

When will Kayleigh's blog get going?