An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

X Marks the Spot

Once upon a time we signed Timothy up for a little league flag football team specifically for 1st and 2nd graders. Let me begin by saying it was a complete and total disaster. The kids were rough, the coach was tough, and the parents were absolutely insane (during the first game a woman had to be escorted off the field for yelling like a maniac at the kids).

I knew it was a mistake when, after the first practice, the coach passed out a sheet of paper entitled The Undertaker -- a football play the players were told to memorize.

On the ride home from practice, Timothy looked at the x's and o's and thought it was a treasure map.

It was a perfectly normal response for a young 2nd grader, and when we got home we taped the "treasure map" to his bedroom door and left it at that. I wasn't going to let some gung-ho, over-zealous, football-crazed coach steal his childhood.

Besides, I loved the fact that a map sparked Timothy's imagination, that he saw the x's and o's and thought of treasures, and pirate ships, and high seas adventure.  It was something I understood completely because maps have the same effect on me.

In this age of Google Maps and GPS, which admittedly I do use, I still like a good old fashioned map. One I can spread out on the kitchen table to scribble on and take notes in the margin; a map with cities and towns I can circle or star; a map upon which I can take a bright yellow highlighter and mark our route.

Presently we're planning a trip to New York City, and the first thing I did was order a city guidebook from Amazon (hooray for one click orders!) and some maps. The guidebook is already marked with highlighter, and it is probably 5 pounds heavier because of all the post-it notes, but the maps are what really get my heart pounding.

Avenues and Burroughs, Midtown Manhattan and Times Square, Empire State Building and the United Nations -- the x's and o's made with my Sharpie mark a real treasure map, and my fingers walk where I will soon be.


MapEasy's Guidemaps are my absolute favorite.


Cathy Keller said...

Maps always go with us even with google...Ron doesn't trust GPS! Have a wonderful time in NYC!

Suburban Correspondent said...

Sounds exciting! I always mean to get up there with one of the kids, but I never do.

Gigi said...

I have been trying to get to NYC for my entire marriage - considering his family lives up that way there is no good reason why we haven't made it yet.

Enjoy your trip!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

A trip to NYC!! How exciting!