It’s amazing how much can actually change over the course of a year. Nothing made that quite as evident as the fact that I was holding my daughters hand while we were standing in an airport. The hand holding isn’t the part that stands out, but rather the fact that she’s now capable of taking clumsy steps of her own. Just one year prior, I was bringing home a bundle of flesh, blood, and nerves that would some day become an actual little human. That day has come and I’ve never experienced a complete trip around our solar system as quickly it’s passed between the summer months of 2015 and 2016.
In order to celebrate our little one’s journey into marking her life in years instead of months, we had to travel back east. That’s where old friends, family, and familiar haunts remain waiting for Sloane’s arrival. Seeing as a trip back home is never a simple affair, it would make sense that my wife and I would make this one longer and more difficult than the usual exploration of all things New England.
No, this time we’d be starting it all off by landing in Dulles and then driving out to a town I’d never heard of on the border of Virginia and Maryland. Our vehicle for the endeavor? The new 2017 Audi Q7, and it was sitting in an airport parking lot ready to soak up all of its cubic space with our luggage and bodies.