I have been to New York City many many times with the girls. We think nothing of packing a backpack and jumping on a southbound train. We are fortunate to have a train station a little over a mile from our house. Today I learned how to navigate the trains. I have never taken the train other than a direct trip to Manhattan. The girls and I went to the New York City Botanical Gardens as part of Lilah’s Brownie Troop. It was a perfect day. The weather was just right. The flowers were in full bloom. The children were well behaved.
It took three trains to reach our destination. First we had to get from our town to Stamford. That was easy: get on, get off, wait for the next train to come and take that train to Fordham -- where I had planned on taking a taxi to the Garden because I did not know how to get from there to the Garden stop. A very helpful Conductor gave us a pass allowing us to ride the one stop from Fordham to Botanical Gardens for free. He showed us how to cross over the tracks and which train to take - take the blue one or the silver, not the red! He told me which schedule to take so that I could get us back when it was time to go home. So from Fordham, we rode one stop to Botanical Garden. Upon exiting the train, the garden entrance beaconed to us from just across the street.
When it was time to return home I used my handy dandy schedule and after realizing I was reading it incorrectly, found the correct time table for trains headed to New York and was able to navigate all senen of us home again. Five kids, six trains, one day. Whew!
Who says homeschooling is only for the kids!