Silas and Nana had a walkabout

Trip Start Jun 06, 2013
Trip End Jun 10, 2013

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Carrs Cottages

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Saturday, June 8, 2013


On this Saturday in the Great Smoky's, Silas and Nana had a surprise walkabout. First thing after breakfast I invited 6 yo great-grandson Silas to join me in my project to exchange linen at the motel office. He agreed and insisted on carrying some of the pieces down the stairs, across the parking lot and into the Linen Room.  After gathering the fresh items we needed, Silas grasped my hand and said, "come with me".  I willingly set down the bundle and calling after the rapidly disappearing child "wait for me" scurried to catch up.  Down the lane we trotted.  I asked "where are we going?".  In reply I heard an excited , " Just come-on! " and so I did.  We paused on the bridge above the mountain stream which rushed enchantingly below and on we went up the hill to the main street where Silas pointed to the right and down the sidewalk we went. ] I asked again "where are we going honey?"  "Come with me" was the response.  I realized I brought neither my cell phone nor  camera, thinking it unnecessary just to swap out linen.  Mental note to self: when traveling with Silas in the future, ALWAYS BRING CELL PHONE. While trotting along, I framed this event as a"Great Adventure together" to Silas and he agreed!  I also cautioned him that the "together" part meant we did not run ahead but stayed "together".  He somewhat got this concept. But was quickly distracted by appearance of a fascinating G'burg Trolley And then...oops yet another trolley came by!

I was concerned that Grams, at home with Bekah, would be concerned as the time of our absence continued to lengthen...after all how long could it take us to accomplish our task? And I still did not know our destination, but began to feel sure that Silas had formed a definite purpose.

On we went to the first intersection (the family had strolled down this way the day before when seeking a restaurant) which was occasion for another reminder of the safe way to cross streets.  Wonder how many times parents have reiterated some form of the caution "stop, look, listen; then walk!"

Having given up on guessing our destination, I was fascinated by this child's sense of purpose.  He was definitely on a mission of discovery...wasn't he?? We passed a variety of shops and people strolling the streets,,,

I could now SEE his excitement as he virtually jumped up and down...we were walking along a rock-strewn creekbed course pausing only briefly to see the ducks maneuvering below and then there was the majestic Aquarium!  We had seen it the night before as we walked to dinner, and NOW I recalled that Silas wanted to go there but was told no, we were on our way to dinner.  His desire was not eliminated, it was just deferred  for clearly IT was the object of our 'Great Adventure Together'...but it was not enough to just see it, I was urged to climb the stairs that led to a bridge across the creek ... a bridge that itself was exciting, but also a bridge to the Aquarium entrance.  Aha! I began to see his intent more clearly.  And actually regretted not having a single dollar in my jeans at that moment. 

We joggled up and down the stair steps and ramps playing hide-and-seek and talking about how fun it would be to go in and see the fish...but alas Nana had no do-re-me!  Amazingly, that was accepted  OK, especially when we got to see the trolley depot to one side of the bldg .  We stepped quickly down the long flight of stairs...s-l-o-w-i-n-g as we got to the bottom and nearer the awaiting trolley.  Silas held my hand restraining me saying "we have to ask my parents" when I said "let's see if we need money here".  When I suggested we head for home and tell Grams about our "Great Adventure Together", there was no resistance as we retraced our steps. I reflected on what a privilege it was. to be a participant/observer in the mental process of this beloved child.  To tell the truth?  Grams was not at all worried about us but did indeed wonder what we had been up to...she was wreathed in smiles as she learned of  yet another chapter in "Adventures with Nana"...the ongoing saga of  the now 3-generations, Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,  with whom it has been my great delight to explore this amazing world!
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Penny on

I just loved how you wrote out this story. I bet Silas had the greatest time.

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