Larry and I just got back from visiting my parents in Massachusetts. It rained 7 out of the 10 days that we were there. I wish I could say I used the bad weather to catch up on reading some classical novels but I have to confess, a good deal of my time was spent playing Scramble with Friends. Hey, at least there were words involved! On one of the non-raining days (I wouldn’t exactly call it sunny), I took him on a tour of downtown Lowell. We walked by my old high school and poked around in some back alleys where the old mills loomed overhead. Sometimes it takes leaving a place to really appreciate how interesting and beautiful it is.