A few days before we left, while on the computer, Sam stumbled across where we were going. He came to me, stricken, as if he had just opened a box with forbidden treasure in it. “Dad,” he said. “I know where we’re going.”
“You like it?”
“I love it.”
“But,” he said, “I know.”
“But that’s all you know,” I said. “What you don’t know is everything we will do when we get there. And let me tell you, it is incredible.”
Meanwhile, I prepared an e-mail to send to friends the minute we left the house. On the way to the airport, Jessica, practically carbonated with excitement, made some final guesses, as a person does when shaking a present before opening it.
“Here’s a hint,” I said, as romantic as Cary Grant. “It’s not Kansas.”
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