I grew up in Goose Creek, SC, right outside of Charleston and, while I spent a fair amount of time downtown, my young self did not appreciate the rich history the city has to offer so when I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to take the kids downtown and do a tour of sorts so I could learn some stuff and teach it to the kids she jumped on it and said she would absolutely love to give them a tour.

My mom is a 3rd grade teacher and is the unofficial but should be actual official downtown Charleston history expert. She does the school’s field trip tours and has such a way with children so I knew my kids were in for a very educational and enjoyable experience.

Here are some quick takeaways from the day.

  • My mother loves this old city. You can hear it in the way she talks about it. It isn’t just mundane history to her, it’s real and living and she truly enjoys sharing what she knows.
  • Charleston in August is incredibly hot. We’re talking 95 degrees and 100% humidity. We live in Pensacola so it should have felt like home but for some reason it was so much worse.
  • Kids are impervious to heat when there is something interesting going on. They never complained and even ran around and played tag when we stopped at the park for a rest.
  • Free snow cone samples are the best.
  • My mom knows more about Charleston’s history than the paid tour guides. There were times when she was explaining something about something that other people who were not a part of our group would stop and listen along.
  • There are graveyards everywhere.
  • And churches…
  • Rainbow Row and Rainbow Road are not the same thing.
  • Stroller wheels do not cooperate on cobblestone streets.
  • The Palm tree may very well have won the Revolutionary War for us.
  • Kait takes good pictures. She likes the camera and it would appear that the camera also likes her.

It was a really thorough and entertaining tour and I learned a lot of the stuff I had ignored as a child. My kids seem to like information more than I did when I was a youngin and talked about some of what they learned on the way back to my sister’s house in Moncks Corner.  I’m so thankful to have a mama who is so willing to pass down all of her knowledge about Charleston and the city’s role in our country’s fight to become independent.

Next time we’ll do another tour and learn about the civil war.

Kait took most of these fabulous pictures with her new camera. The ones that she is in I think were taken by her fiance.

Then my brother surprised us by showing up with his two boys and his Tesla and we were so happy he was able to make the trip to spend the weekend with us. It was a really great day.

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