Our good friends A. and B. came to visit from Alabama for a few days last week. They don’t like their info on the internet so I am honoring their wishes by not posting any photos. I love to document everything so it is hard for me not to do it! LOL But since they were disinterested, I didn’t even take any pix. So there! We had a great time talking, laughing, trying to solve all the world’s problems, and eating a lot of Rich’s good cooking. A. went with me to my volunteer work and was a big help since she is also a former social worker and kinda knew what to do to assist in the process. She also won over all the “little old ladies” with her sweet southern charm. They were wishing she lived here so she could come back on a regular basis.
We stopped by to see Sarah, Miles and kids since our visitors knew Sarah as a child and wanted to meet the rest of her family. We went out to eat one night, did a little bit of driving around, and went to the 6th Floor Museum at the Texas Schoolbook Depository to see the JFK exhibit. Though we have lived in Dallas two years now (as of today, I think!), we had not been to see it yet. It was very interesting and a lot more detailed than I expected. Also a bit timely since the remaining records from the assassination will be released soon. Rich and I are old enough to remember Kennedy being shot so all of the historical info and memorabilia in the museum brought back a lot of memories of that time. I was attending 4th grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Georgia and for some reason I’ve forgotten, we were all in the cafeteria watching the film “The Last of the Mohicans.” The principal, a nun, came in at the end of the movie and announced to us that the President had been shot dead. We had to stay late at school, get down on our knees, and pray a full rosary for him. I don’t know that I understood the impact of the death of a president at that point, but I was not happy about having to say the rosary before being allowed to go home. That’s the mind of a 10 year old, I suppose. I do remember watching Kennedy’s funeral on TV and seeing his little son saluting him as the horse-drawn carriage went by. I think maybe it hit me more then, that someone’s daddy had died, more than the fact that the US had lost a president.
After our friends left, I picked up all the kids from school one day and we stopped to get treats. Later that evening, we went to the book fair at their school, where they all picked out some books and I bought a few to add to my collection in what is becoming “the kids’ room” at our house. Saturday we watched Elle’s volleyball match, in which she scored the winning point in the second game. It’s been fun to watch her team of 9 year olds as they grow and improve in their skills.
Yesterday Rich and I went to see a local production of “Hair.” It was at a small theater and set up in the round with the band occupying the middle space and the actors spread out around the venue and moving through the audience quite a bit. It was fun to see it up close and was quite an intimate experience (at the end, one actor sang “Let the Sun Shine In” while staring directly into Rich’s eyes…which Rich found quite uncomfortable!) At certain points, audience members were also brought out to participate in various scenes. The production was based on the original show so it had quite a few differences from the movie that most people have seen; definitely had a grittier tone about the Vietnam War and the happenings on the street. Afterwards, there was a short interaction between audience members and the cast–interestingly, the young actors agreed that they could relate to the times in 1968 because the times today seem quite similar.
We could only take photos prior to the show so these were taken as the cast got ready to perform. There was also lots of cool knitting/crocheting around many of the trees outside on the grounds.
Tonight we have tickets to see Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul at the Majestic Theater. Looking forward to that, too!