Sightseeing … from a kid’s perspective

Trevi Fountain — an example of Baroque architecture, construction began in 1732, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

By: Madelyn Grassi (age 11)
Mom’s comments in BLUE.

Disclaimer: She probably couldn’t even be as honest as she’d like because I asked her to do it.

My mom was so excited to take us to Rome for the day. I was. I had heard all about Rome, how cool it was and if you were going to Italy, you had to go to Rome. Me too. So, after hearing that, I woke up and was really excited to go. But, when I got there … not so much. Once I saw what Rome was all about, I decided that it wasn’t so cool after all. Ingrate. Sure, it was kind of interesting and all, but it wasn’t really my type of place. Hmmmm. On vacation, I like to chill out and go to the beach. Like mother, like daughter. The whole time we went around and basically looked at stuff. Seriously? Stuff? This is history, people. To make matters worse, my mom and dad kept lining us all up to take some stupid picture that was not necessary. It was embarrassing. It is my right and privilege to embarrass my kids in every country we visit. And, every place we stopped at my mom would teach us about it, but all I heard was blah, blah, blah, and what I thought was, “Great, mom the Colosseum was built 1700 years ago. Wow, awesome … not!” See? She remembered something. I am a great tour guide! Woo Hoo. I really didn’t feel like listening to a whole lecture about how Rome wasn’t built in a day. At the time, all I was thinking was, “Wow, I’d never thought I would say this but, I would much rather be doing my summer math packet right now.” Someday, she’ll thank me.

P.S. When I asked my 8 year old her favorite part of Rome, she replied, “Gelato.”

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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Doctor, mom of five and founder of Tips From Town.