This morning I needed to go into Boston to my doctor's office to get a flu shot. I always try to turn these errands into little adventures. On the train Alessia and I count the number of stations we have to go and name them. She knows at this point that Wellington is first and then Sullivan and Community College. We even note the characteristics of some of the stations. At North Station you can change for the green line, and State has the stinky elevator (seriously, I'm not using that elevator anymore). Olivia is still little enough to flirt with strangers on the train. At the doctor's office I let them wander around the waiting room. They don't see many children at this office, so my kids are generally smiled at and named adorable by the assistants. After the shot, off for morning snack at Sip, the coffeeshop in Post Office Square. Alessia got a cookie. We don't normally have cookies at home, so this was a treat. After snack, we took a little walk through Post Office square. My girls are good listeners so they both walked. There was a display of fall mums. We stopped to admire them and say goodbye to the flowers until spring comes again. "Ciao ciao fiori. Ci aspettiamo." Alessia climbed up a wall in order to dance in front of a small pine tree. I think children are natural pagans. Then back in the stroller. We were hoping to go to the farmers' market, but it was closed for the holiday. So back on the train, and a quick stop at the store before heading home. I love these mornings when work and pleasure are blended together.