Once in a while I get the fun experience of bringing a friend from Erskine home with me for a break. This is always enjoyable for the friend because first of all, I am from Charleston so there are many great places to visit, and second because I have an entertaining family! Let’s just say that we all have a quirky sense of humor, and there are few dull moments in the Dumouchel household – especially when we are all together.
But since our friend TJ had never been to Charleston before, my sister Christine and I decided that we needed to show him what there is to be seen. So, beginning with probably the most famous part of the area, on the first day we headed downtown to the Holy City. We ate our picnic lunch in Waterfront Park, saw dolphins in the harbor, walked down East Bay Street in the famous Rainbow Row section, perused the historical Battery, shopped the newly-renovated market, stopped in a few centuries-old cemeteries, and made sure that we hit all of the necessary landmarks that a day in the city should include.
The next day, after church in the morning and our mid-day dinner, we headed back downtown to the Dock Street Theatre to see the matinee of Dracula. We were thoroughly entertained by the eerie story and the talented actors who very effectively conveyed the horror of the legend.
On Monday, our last stop for the break was a trip to the beach. We headed down mid-morning to Isle of Palms, and spent about half of the day. Although the water was too cold for TJ and me, Christine actually got all the way in the water for a few minutes! I spent much of the time working on homework, but reading is just so pleasant on the beach that it did not feel as much like work; it also reminded me of afternoons in the fall on the beach in Spain.
Besides these adventures to give TJ a taste of Charleston, we enjoyed delicious home-cooked dinners with my family, talking and joking, movies in the evening, and time to be home together. My older sister’s fiancé also joined us for the weekend, so it was a pretty full house! Although breaks always seem to be too short, no matter how much work I have to do at home or still have to do when I return, the time with family (and, in this case, friends) always helps me feel refreshed and ready to tackle more of the work and busyness of school.