Another Day in The Capitol

On Friday, I took another trip to Washington, DC, with my friend and fellow Round Robin writer, Magdalyn Ann. Our day started at 7am, when we both got ready at Maggie’s house. I slept on her couch and came to a stunning realization: I don’t sleep well on couches. It’s not just her couch. It’s my couch at home and the couch at my grandmother’s house… pretty much all the couches ever. They just aren’t meant for me to get 8 hours.

In any case–7am we got up, got dressed, and got on our way to Rowan to catch a bus to DC. The bus left at 8am and no one checked my ID. No one. I could’ve gone on that trip for free. I’m also pretty disturbed that on a trip like that no one stood at the bus door making sure that the people on the trip paid. I could’ve just written my name on that attendance list-or really any name since they didn’t check IDs-and gone for free. Not that I did or would honestly have gall to do so. 

Just like last semester, we started the day at the Newseum. I imagine if I were more into journalism that I would be more interested in that museum. But, as it so happens, I’m not. So I walked around briefly in the Newseum with Maggie so that she could take some photos for her Photojournalism class and then we set ourselves loose on DC and went to the National Air and Space Museum.

The NASM is pretty neat. We got to see one of the rovers and some early models of airplanes. The donation box was full of foreign currency. I had to laugh a little because I heard at least 5 people say, “There’s no American money in there. We should put some in.” Keep that in mind museum workers: Americans are so proud they will out donate other countries.

We didn’t spend a lot of time there though because we really wanted to see the Botanical Gardens.

If you have never been to the Botanical Gardens I strongly recommend it. I’m not big on flowers, what with all my allergies, but this was a beautiful experience.

There are so many bright and beautiful flowers there. I think my favorite part was the rare and endangered species greenhouse. I hadn’t realized there were so many endangered types of flowers.

It was about that time that I started to apply the icy hot to my back. I have what I like to call old-lady-itis, where my back and feet start to hurt if I’ve walked too much. We left the Botanical Gardens and walked past the Capitol Building.

We also walked around the National Mall and visited the WWII memorial, the Washington Monument, and the reflecting pool. Our day ended at Arlington National Cemetery, which is a very beautiful ceremony. When I went on this trip last semester I watch the changing of the guard. This year I went to visit Kennedy’s grave which is under construction currently. I wonder what they’re going to do with it.

In any case, we didn’t stop for dinner and I was so hungry I ordered a 32 piece of Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites. Only three survived…

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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