Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Nice Change

On Monday, I was given the opportunity to do something very exciting -- to fill in at not one, but two different sites for the day. Don't get me wrong; I love spending my day at the Children's Museum and down on the Charles River at Community Boating, but a change for just a day is never a bad thing! I began my day a little earlier than usual, and as I stepped out of Maverick Station in East Boston I was greeted by the magnificent Boston skyline to my right. Arguably, this part of Eastie has the best views one will find of our city. The quick walk down to Piers Park was an enjoyable one, and reminded me of how much I enjoy East Boston. Everything was different at Piers Park -- especially the age group that greeted me!

View of the city from Piers Park!
From helping a boy tie his shoes to helping zip up lunch boxes, the morning was a pleasant surprise, and vastly different from my normal routine. This was especially true when the kids pulled up the traps. Two large lobsters awaited us, with just a couple crabs. The kids even got to experiment with using new bait -- mussels from the dock! Although no fish were caught that day, the lobsters provided enough excitement for everyone.

Next, I transitioned to Courageous Sailing Center -- on a boat! Definitely a nice change when one is used to riding the T everywhere, everyday. Even better -- yet another lobster awaited the kids in one of the traps! In addition, simply being over in Charlestown was quite enjoyable. All in all, Monday was a great day, and a nice change of pace. I'll miss the kids I met that day, but now it's time to get back to the sites I've called home since July!

-Ashley Wakefield, Senior Harbor Educator at Boston Children's Museum and Community Boating

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