I was really excited to be catching the train out to Morristown New Jersey on Friday where we were catching up with Monica O’Meara and her gorgeous children. Two of the girls, Molly and Erin went to Abbotsleigh until a year and a half back when they moved, initially to Ireland but then the plan changed and they came to New Jersey via Ohio. When I told Monica that I was coming to the US she sprang into action and was very keen to organize for me to visit the children’s school.
The train trip out to Morristown is very pretty. You pass through places called Madison and Summit – where we had visited the lovely Kent Place on Monday. The trees are coming into leaf and the houses are picture postcard. There is also a magnificent Catholic Seminary which I think is now a University just before you reach Morristown.
We drove through the town and over to the school which is on a beautiful tree lined street with lots of gorgeous homes. Monica had pre-sold a big number of books which Mendham Books at Menham had supplied, so I got set up and began signing them for the children. She had also rallied a group of mums to assist with the distribution.
The children shared some of their writing and I was very impressed. The time flew by and before I knew it, it was time for lunch. We joined the children in the cafeteria for a chicken salad and a slice of pizza. Assumption was one of very few schools we’ve visited with a dedicated cafeteria area.
It was a great day – over all too soon. Monica raced us back to the train station so we could get into the city and she could take the kids to their after school activities. It was wonderful catching up with her and Molly, Erin, Kaley and Colin too – although I’m completely annoyed that I didn’t get a photo with Molly and Erin for their friends back in Australia. The girls will have to send me one to add to the blog!