Christopher: I would wake up completely refreshed — that does not happen often since we have the three girls. It would be a fall day, the wind is blowing, there’s no humidity. Rachel and I, and Charlie Chaplin and Sharon Olds, who is a poet, would stroll down the C&O Canal in Frederick. We might have croissants in our hands, and we’re talking about poetry and art and humor and timing and love.
Rachel: I’d then head with Chris and the girls toward D.C. On the way down there, we’re definitely going to stop by Founding Farmers in Potomac. They have so much great food, but we usually get beignets as appetizers, and oftentimes completely fill up on those.
Rachel: Then we’d go downtown to the museums. I heard that the dinosaur exhibit is back at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and I would absolutely love to explore that.
Christopher: We would eat lunch at the Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill. I would get a burger and the toasted marshmallow milkshake.
Christopher: From there, I’d go and sit on Einstein’s lap at the Albert Einstein Memorial off of Constitution Avenue and I would compose a poem. And I might visit our representative, Jamie Raskin, on Capitol Hill and we’d talk about what could be done to reunite families down at the border.
Rachel: We know some people who started a company that’s really cool called StageFree. They do classical music but in strange, different locations, where you wouldn’t necessarily expect it — you never know what they’re going to do. So they’d be performing downtown.
Christopher: Then Rachel and I would get playfully frisky with each other. That’s the dream.
Rachel: Oh lord.
Rachel: For a late afternoon meal on the way back, we’d have to stop in Rockville at Mykonos Grill, which is the best Greek restaurant. We’d get one of everything.
Christopher: The atmosphere there is amazing. You feel like you’re on Santorini island.
Rachel: As we head back into Damascus toward the end of the day, we’d all go to the Rock Hill Orchard. They have their own creamery, so we would get the wonderful homemade ice cream and wander around the orchard. We also can feed the baby cows — it’s awesome.
Christopher: After that, the whole family would gather in our backyard and we’d make s’mores. Actually, the girls would make s’mores for us as we sat. Then, after we put them to bed, the grandparents arrive and we head down to The Birchmere to see a late-night concert from Dar Williams. If we could make the day 36 hours, we could get back home and it wouldn’t be too late, so we could get some rest and then again strive for the “waking up refreshed” idea.
Rachel: I’m onboard with that!