ML is an engineering student at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating high school at the top of her class and becoming a National Merit Scholarship finalist, ML received a full scholarship to study engineering at OU. We could not be more proud of her. Even though she is in the rigorous honors program at OU, she is still maintaining her high grades.
What a wonderful grandparent experience it is!
This summer ML participated in an engineering internship in Ft. Worth, Texas. After she settled in I suggested that I come for a visit. She was thrilled and all summer we planned the fun things we would do during my visit.
While Hubby D and I lived in Bahrain, ML came to visit us. It was very special and I knew this trip would also be a special memory.
|ML and I toured the Bahrain Grand Mosque together when she came to visit.|
|Hi! I'm here!|
|ML's apartment was over a garage in a very quaint part of town.|
|The wysteria bush at the top of the stairs grabbed me every time I went in or out.|
|The building where ML worked is the tall glass one.|
When I was growing up I had visited Dallas a few times. Dallas has great shopping and of course the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park. Once I even attended an OU football game in the Texas stadium.
The first thing that jumped out at me was all of the Tex-Mex restaurants everywhere. Even the airport was filled with them. And, there was one at every intersection. In Florida we have drug stores on every corner.
Sushi was on our list for the first night. ML learned to love sushi from Hubby D and I when she was younger and she would come to visit us in Virginia.
Maybe sushi is something we could have as a tradition for our first meal together? In Bahrain we also had sushi the first night.
|Sushi in Bahrain.|
|Sushi in Ft. Worth|
As it turns out, the restaurant she had picked out, Little Lilly Sushi was voted one of the best in Ft. Worth. We went home stuffed and satisfied.
While ML was at work on Friday, I ventured out into Ft. Worth and ran a few errands for her. The Italian leather shoes we bought together in Rome had a stich coming out. They had become one of her favorites so I was on a quest to find a shoe repair shop that could do the repair immediately. Luckily I found the perfect shop and the shoes were as good as new. I was very proud of myself.
On our brief tour of the neighborhood late the night before, ML had pointed out a grocery store she assured me was the best one she had ever seen. The Fresh Market store seemed huge.
For lunch, I decided to stop by and see what their deli had to offer. IT WAS JUST AMAZING. Why oh why can’t they have stores like this in Florida????
|This store had to be great. Look at all the orchids!!!!!|
|And, a FINE selection of hams!|
|I bet this hummus is good but I did not try it. There was too much of the other stuff that I haven't had in years!!|
When ML arrived home we headed out to take in double-header movies at the local Movie Tavern. They don’t have these kind of movie places in Florida either. Life is really good in Ft. Worth.
|Check it out! A huge menu of yummy food right here in the theatre.|
|We shared a blue berry pancake. YUMMMY!|
|COME ON NOW! This is not right. Coffee grown in Austin?|
Several shopping bags later we headed over to North Park Center, one of the hippest and largest malls in Dallas.
One of the items on our “must have” shopping list was a new computer/book bag for ML. We searched and searched until finally the perfect bag was found at the Madewell store. The only question was what color.
As we wearily headed back to Ft. Worth, ML asked me if I was sure I wanted to go out to dinner as we planned. I assured her dinner was definitely on the agenda. There was an adorable local restaurant down the street from her apartment that had a big banner advertising their crab festival. Crab legs with ML were definitely a MUST DO experience.
|Lucile's State Side Bistro was a fun restaurant and the crab was great.|
Sadly the next morning I had to head out to the airport early. A hug, a kiss and a couple of tears later I started driving in the direction of my flight home.
During my visit ML and I had some great fun. In between the fun, food and shopping there was a great deal of serious conversation.
ML and I talked about life goals, friends and relationships as well as family and her plans for the future. Although some of our conversations were extremely serious, I loved them all. They were definitely the highlight of my trip.
ML has a handle on her life. She knows herself and her values. She knows what is important to her and what she wants out of life. Achieving her goals won’t be easy but she is determined to do it all.
I have always felt that the way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
ML is headed for one great adventure and I am just thrilled to be a part of it.