I’m a terrific aunt. At least that’s what I like to tell myself. And every summer when little darlings come to visit Aunt Corrie here Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, I put together a perfectly paced itinerary, with a balance of educational and cultural experiences and outdoor adventures so when they return to my sister’s house they’ll have a renewed appreciation for Cody and this bountiful region of northwestern Wyoming.
Because they adore me, and because Aunt Corrie knows best, the kids have always dutifully followed the itineraries with enthusiasm. Until this year.
Turns out these one-time knee-biters are now near-teens, and they have opinions on what we should do and where we should go. Plus, they already know a lot about the region.
For example, when we were driving home from the airport, I shared “did you knows” about the area, as I always do. “Did you know, kids, that the town of Cody is 120 years old this year?” “Of course, Aunt Corrie. And did you know that Buffalo Bill would be 170 years old this year?” I swear I heard giggling from the back seat. That’s when I knew that Aunt Corrie was no longer in charge.
The next day, I took Read More