The Girl and I walked around downtown DC yesterday. It was a joy for me to share this city with her. I've been here many, many times and know it fairly well; she'd been here a couple of times but had never seen any of the monuments. I am a patriot, and I love this city (even while I abhor the politics of the current occupying force); sharing it with the woman I love was fantastic.
We started by taking the Metro from my apartment in Virginia (just across the Potomac; I can actually look out my window and see the river as well as the Washington Monument) to the stop near the office of my summer internship. Afterward we walked past the White House (and booed its occupant the whole time, while lamenting the lack of statesmanship in our government), down to the National Mall. We toured the WWII memorial -- the first time I had seen this monument! -- down to Lincoln's Monument and over to the Korean War Memorial and the WWI memorial and then across the way to the George Mason memorial (a patriot's patriot!) and then to the FDR memorial. The Girl calls his presidency the high water mark of liberalism in this country; as I wander the rooms of the monument dedicated to him it is so easy to recollect why I and so many others see him as our greatest president (the image on the left was from yesterday; the one on the right was from Lobby Days in 1998 - I sure have gained weight in 8 years). We then walked the rest of the way to see the Jefferson Memorial. Through all of this we had had no lunch or any food, so we stopped and each bought an ice cream sandwich from the vendor there. It was like a feast. Finally, we walked up to the Smithsonian and boarded the Metro back to the apartment.
It was a fun day, full of sunshine (we both got minor sunburns on our faces and arms) and patriotism. On her next trip here, we'll do the Smithsonian.