You know what I love most about the summer?
Dropping everything...and DayTripping with the kids (ironic, right?).
We pick an activity...and get out of Dodge...just thinking about ourselves, our adventure and our bonding time.
Recently, we headed to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, a special place for us...one that brings us back to the boys' toddler years, when we lived in Fairfield County and would visit often.
It's such a great place. The shark tank, the otters, the ray pool, the seals, the amazing meerkats...the boys, ages 8 and 10, love it all. A summer exhibit beckons visitors into a giant bird house to meet the Lorikeets from the tropics, a true delight as the beautiful creatures landed on our arms for a sip out of our nectar cup.
But, most of all, we enjoyed an IMAX film called Journey To The South Pacific. This gorgeous movie, narrated by acclaimed actress Cate Blanchett, was filmed in West Papua, New Guinea. It follows a boy named Jawi, who embarks on a summer program on a boat, to learn all about his homeland's marine ecosystem, as he swims with whale sharks and sea turtles.
My sons recognized that Jawi is about their age, interested in sea life, just as they are. He has buddies and goes to school and camp, just like they do. But, his home looks very different and he speaks another language. A simple movie opened their eyes to the many, many glorious cultures in our world. It also helped them realize: no matter where you go, people are people. We all share a love of family...and nature.
If you have the chance, see this this lush film with the kids...sure to spark conversation...and an awe of the ocean.