I personally feel like my 7 Quick Takes are a little more interesting this week. I know I sure am T-I-R-E-D from all of this past week's adventure! So, as you may or may not remember, it was "vacation" time... i.e., bi-annual trip to see family, yadayada...
|1. cont'd, ... Um,...about that Miss. bridge. I EVEN set my alarm on my phone (too early) so that I would remember to take a good pic of it, argh! You'd think 4 times over it, I'd get ONE. Sigh.. This one was a last ditch attempt backwards... Well, anyhoo, you can google images of it ....there are more than just the one over I-20 of course, going on up through out the states. Lots of history there. But I found an interesting book and unit study here that sounds good. Might add that into our American History studies this year. It certainly taints the "feel" for Miss. I had growing up (with little knowledge of the history and racial issues)....but, there's always hope. Doug and I have actually talked a lot about race issues lately. As kids in the 70s and 80s, we just did not fully realize how CLOSE we were to the horrible American racial past. Even when we were finally told in history class, it seemed ages ago and time to "move on." Well, now being older, and knowing how quickly time flies, yet how connected we are to recent past history...wow! No wonder people are still bitter. Such shameful inhumane things done in such "modern" and "civil" a society. It's hard to fathom. And teaching about slavery and the Civil War to my children has been SO. HARD. It's been a loss of innocence for them. They were growing up so protected from that, it was unimaginable that just in their grandparents' time was separation and second-class human treatment. DISGRACEFUL. SAD. EVIL. And yet, while they thankfully look at their bi-racial, different skin-toned cousin with NO DIFFERENCE what-so-ever.....we know full well in this world we live in, in this region especially, and even among family members.....racism lives on. I am sure that my children are not done "learning" about such evils. But I keep praying that their generation will eradicate all of it. But....I digress....again....|
|3. So, our Mass away from home last week was at a parish that was not our home-parish when we lived there, but one we did visit often (other side of town) because a) we loved it and b) it was the latest "last chance" Mass in town LOL Sad but true. Anyway, we had not seen it since they did a massive remodel of the Church. One word: A-MAZING! No two: BEAUTIFUL. No, three: ETHEREAL! I can't help but say I do wish our parish now had taken more of this kind of direction. I love love love our parish now, and the new Sanctuary, etc, but...still....Anyhoo, you can see more of how it looked previously and the remodel here.|
|4. After Mass, we drove down to the little beautiful chapel where we were married. Yes, this amazing little structure with quite an interesting history was the beautiful setting for our wedding. We have an equally amazing drawing that an old school friend did of it and gave us, that I'll post some time. You can also see the lovely altar in the background of our wedding photo here. I also have more pics from it I intend to post in the future, of the church...something "different" and unique. But for now,... the kids loved seeing it....|
|7. Ah, l'amore! Our puppy Belle (lovingly cared for by a family friend) missed us as much as we missed her, in case you can't tell. :P|
So, that was my not-so quick takes from this past week, a wee bit late, and no fancy smartphone picture apps applied...but maybe next week :P Am I getting any better at this??? Well, for more Quick Takes, go to Conversion Diary . Thanks Y'all! :)