A visit to Sam and Tess’s sweet townhouse in Baltimore, an easy walk to baseball’s Camden Yards stadium, has offered us a refreshing retreat from work brain, not to mention a lighthearted foray into play brain.
As a boy, Jonathan was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan. The stadium complex includes giant sculptures of numbers that have been retired in honor of the Orioles’ all-time baseball greats. J’s voice escalated with animation as he rattled off virtually every player, just by his number. A statue of Brooks Robinson with his golden glove (He won 16 golden gloves in 23 years), is a centerpiece in the city streets. Jonathan happily posed with his boyhood (and adulthood) hero.
We also took advantage of half-price Friday evening at the National Aquarium on the waterfront, beautifully designed inside and out. Extraordinary jellyfish displays, dolphins, sharks, a very ugly Sea Robin, poison dart frogs, anemones of all colors, skates, rays, crabs. Then we walked to Bertha’s in the Fells Point neighborhood for crab dip and delicious shrimp, mussels, and scallops options.
This city is underrated. It’s always nice to have kids living in cool cities to visit. We’ll have fun getting to know this place.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
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Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.