On a rainy day, the clouds did part so Jim and Charlie had a bike ride at Liberty State Park, site of many a previous fine bike ride. After the ride, Jim and Charlie did something new, a little walk in some other parts of Jersey City, with someone who's part of a local group to preserve some older structures (specifically, a train embankment). We thought Charlie would prefer just to stay in the car but he called for a walk. I wasn't able to go as someone had to stay and keep an eye on the bikes and Charlie did call several times for the white car but he and Jim got a bit of a look around.
On the way home, Charlie started crying: Sometimes when you hold it all together and do a good new thing, the stress expresses itself afterwards.
Charlie continues to listen to a fair variety of music, moving from the Replacements to the Kinks and Barney with a tap of a finger. Teenagerhood is a time of jumping-around emotions; of one moment wanting to seek out the new and the next just wanting to hurry back to the familiar shelter of the faithful white car.