A huge bonus stop on this trip. When planning the route, Ben sent a proposed itinerary with quite a few cities I’d never heard of listed. The Hague was one of these unknown cities.
So there must be some reason he wants to go there, right?
She’s there! In the Hague!
You mean it’s okay that I didn’t make it
to New York
last year to see her?
Because Lord knows I tried.
You mean this girl that has traveled from Minnesota to Texas to Colorado with me,
That each of my math students asked me about for three years,
That caused so many to question, “Is that you?”
That so many students were horrified of because she was always watching them (with which I happily got to reply “Exactly the point” meaning they couldn’t get away with anything because someone was always watching them)
This girl, that had been sent to me by my dad in California because, despite having gone a while without seeing each other, she had reminded him of me.The young face surrounded in blue and gold (Go Lakers!) and who inspired a treasured gift of earrings and a necklace given to me by my lovely family after finishing my Master’s Degree…
This girl. She’s here. In The Hague!
And we got to see her.
This was an honest to goodness bucket list item, written down in a book years ago as a place I must go, a thing I must see.
She had traveled the world while her home underwent a two-year renovation, which had recently been completed and reopened on June 27, just one month before we would make our arrival in Den Haag.
After realizing what this city held with its walls, a masterpiece crafted 349 years ago in 1665, known worldwide for her simple elegance and the dashing jewel tones of her clothing. She has been written about by many authors, most famously by Tracy Chevalier. She has been portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in cinemas and TV sets.
She is truly most famous for one distinct detail- the focal point of her being.
A single earring.
A pearl earring.
The Girl With the Pearl Earring.
And she is here.
In The Hague.