well, i can tell you as a 37 year old man it's still possible to have the same feeling.
i live nearly 2,000 miles from where i grew up and i don't get to see my parents nearly enough as i'd like. maybe that's why after they drove up this summer to visit my wife and i, just like in kindergarten, i was excited to show them this new maine life i've created. i may not have been able to show them everything, but it's only because this new northeast life is a slightly larger floor plan than my kindergarten classroom, but i did my best.
the major event was taking a trip to boothbay harbor to show them the town we love so much. we spent two days eating at our favorite restaurants and meeting the friends we had made up there. by the end of the boothbay trip, they shared our love of the town. back in portland, i introduced them to the sandwich known as a maine ham italian, took them to trivia night at a brewery, ate at one of my favorite bbq spots and of course, just like in kindergarten, showed them my desk where i do all my work.
to say i enjoyed having them up for a week long visit would be an understatement, it really was fantastic. just like when i was young, it was wonderful to show off this new world to my parents.
whether it's a 15 minute school bus ride, or a four day, 2,000 mile road trip, distances seem shorter when there are shared memories, and this trip created several.