at each new location, we do a lot of research about things to do in the area, and then we plan accordingly, timing the things derek wants to do on the weekends and the things he’s less interested in for our weekday activities. while we were at thornhill broome, the top item on his agenda was the ronald reagan presidential library in the simi valley, about 40 minutes away.
the room was filled with gifts from foreign diplomats and such, given to nancy reagan, details of her updated interior design of the white house, and information about the causes she championed. in the middle was this display of some of her famous outfits, along with some info about how she was perceived in the press as a bit obsessed with fashion, and how she responded by poking fun at herself and showing up in all second hand clothes to an event.
we boarded the plane, but not without having to take a million photos by a library photographer, so that later we could pretend we were interested in the $50 package, just to see how cute they turned out, but knowing that we snapped a few of our own. the “thumbs up”.
we learned a lot about reagan’s foreign policies and relationships, but obviously, the thing that everyone thinks of is the tearing down of the berlin wall. the exhibit about communism and the soviet union leading up to and during reagan’s presidency was dark and sort of ominous, and we ended up sort of racing through it in hopes of making it to a showtime at another part of the museum.
(we didn’t make it). and there is no backtracking allowed in the library. so, we had to go all the way out and around through everything again, just to get back where we were. by that time, the kids were definitely over it, but thankfully, the final stretch was about reagan in post presidency, with some fun ranch stuff that they were a little bit more interested in.
at this point, we needed some food, so we sucked it up and bought super expensive lunches and found some seats in the outdoor eating area. nearby, there was an actual bit of the berlin wall, overlooking the valley.
finally, we had reached the end of our collective ropes, so we hit up the gift shop, coming away with some us history flash cards and a sweet ronald reagan mug. i learned a lot that i didn’t know about RR, and i know that any presidential library is going to paint it’s prez in the best light possible and that not everything was as hunky dorry as it would have me to believe. but, i sure miss the days of having decent humans in the office of the president. and that’s all i’ll say about that.