Trip To Texas: Days 3 and 4

Last Saturday was Day #3 of my latest Texas visit.

After a leisurely breakfast with my son, we decided to return to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

The previous day, we’d only had time to visit two of the gardens there.

On this visit, we strolled through the “Texas Garden.”

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Along the way, I met a garden employee who mentioned to me there was a “butterfly exhibit” going on in the conservatory.

Curious, we eventually made our way to the giant greenhouse.

When we entered, we were immediately transported to another world.

The inside of the greenhouse looked (and felt) like a tropical rain forest.

Along with the beautiful plants, we saw hundreds (thousands?) of butterflies perched on leaves and/or flying about.

The theme of the exhibit was “butterflies of Asia.”

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I was so delighted with everything about the event.

I’ve never been to a butterfly exhibit before;  I didn’t even know such a thing existed.

The butterflies seemed to like my son.

They kept flying around and/or landing on him.

My favorite were the BIG, BLUE, morpho butterflies.

It felt like I was watching a Disney cartoon when they flew around us.

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I would squeal with delight every time.

Eventually, we bid the butterflies good-bye.

We were due at an organized frat activity for the afternoon and early evening.

But …?

As we left the greenhouse, the sky opened up and it began to pour.

Our afternoon, pre-planned, activities were scheduled to be outdoors.

We knew we needed to come up with an alternative plan.

Not long after, I found myself watching Captain America in 3D at an IMAX theater.

(Chris Evans is SO attractive as Captain America.  Not that I noticed ….)

It was a fun, entertaining, movie.

When the movie ended, the rain had temporarily stopped.

We decided to take a long walk along the Trinity River pathway.

Our day ended with a Tex-Mex dinner and accompanying margaritas.

Sunday was my fourth, and final, day in Texas.

My son’s fraternity had organized a really, really, nice brunch at a beautiful country club.

It was pouring on Sunday so I didn’t take my camera.

I’d love to return someday and take photos of the country club.

It was so traditional, so Southern, so beautiful and so charming.

My son was such a gentleman, presenting me with a long stemmed red rose.

He had written me a nice note on a card and even insisted on holding the umbrella for me as we came and went from brunch.

Who is this boy who is all of a sudden growing up?

I was very touched.

After bunch, when we had left the country club, it became apparent the remainder of the day would consist of pouring rain.

We had some time to kill prior to my flight.

We hung out at a Starbucks and had a nice long chat about … well, everything.

In time, I took him back to his dorm and began my journey to return my rental car, etc., etc., etc.

It was a great, very special, four days.

It’s hard to believe he’ll be done with his freshman year in less than five weeks.

And yes, he is coming home for the summer.

P.S.  If any of you have a summer job opening for a 19 year old, please let me know!

8 Responses to “Trip To Texas: Days 3 and 4”

  1. Denise

    What an absolutely lovely and memorable four days for the two of you.

    • Suzanne

      It was great!
      Wish I had all three of my kids here in California!

  2. Jan's Sushai Bar

    The Young One spent his Spring Break filling out applications for summer employment. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

    Your posts these last couple of days have made me a tad homesick. A little surprising; I thought I was past that.

    Ohio has several “butterfly gardens,” one of which is not too far from us. I’ve never been, which is really a shame – I think I shall when it opens in May, and take the camera with me.

    • Suzanne

      Your Young One was smart.
      My Young One spent his spring break at the gulf shore partying.

      I’m sorry if the texas posts have made you homesick.
      Go back and visit in August and you won’t feel at all homesick. : )

      I’ll have to see if there are butterfly exhibits/gardens out here. There must be, but it’s all new to me.

  3. Julie in Michigan

    Sounds like you had great mother/son time making memories!

    • Suzanne

      We did – it was nice.
      I’m such a mom sometimes!
      : )

  4. Sandra

    Awe, what a sweet son. I’m so happy for you. I’m impressed with his fraternity for putting on the events and having the sons make time for their moms.
    San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences Museum in Golden Gate Park has a huge tropical rainforest with a butterfly exhibit. The butterflies are free-flying, as are the birds. The butterflies land on you sometimes. There is an employee stationed at the exit whose job it is to make sure you’re not walking out with an attached butterfly. 🙂

    • Suzanne

      I was impressed with his fraternity too.
      They really did a great job making it a nice weekend for the moms.

      I’ll have to come visit the SF butterfly exhibit.
      Yes, the one in Fort Worth did the same thing ….
      They double check you at a “holding station” for attached butterflies before you leave.
      It was really a cool sight ….

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