I’m excited to report that today we traded Melinda for Rick Steves. Melinda gets to do something she’s always wanted to do, which is to live the life of Rick Steves, complete with all the world travel, while Rick is joining Chloe, Ella and me as the girls’ new mom. He commented that the whole travel and guidebook writing thing had finally gotten tiring. Melinda mentioned something similar about my sense of humor. So this morning at the Vernazza train station, the exchange was made. The Rick Steves team insisted on a first round draft pick and future considerations. I got us train tickets to Florence, from where I am writing right now, and 4 cups of gelato (I admit, only single scoop…).
Rick’s first act as parent was to get a complete stranger to take our picture together. He seems really at home in train stations and has no trouble talking to people about things like travel and transportation. He saw Chloe lugging around a heavy bag and made some suggestions that not only miraculously made her bag lighter, but created space for all the new clothes she wants to buy in Italy. I can’t wait to get him back home to Seattle where he can organize the closets.
As Melinda skipped off we heard her say something about a new concept to the Rick Steves travel books, something about adding a microchip that automatically provides updates on things like ticket price changes and train schedules. She’s so 21st century.
To Dwight & Michele back in Seattle, Rick says he’s okay with changing his birthday to May 13.