December 4th, 2005

little review

Poem for Sunday

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I also enjoyed Michael Dirda's column in Book World, "A season to remember the transforming power of sacred language," on The Book of Common Prayer. It's a good night to talk about Christmas because 1) it's snowing, 2) we drove home through Hanover treated to a light display by the locals -- people do rather spectacular house and lawn decorations there, including lighted nativity scenes, full herds of reindeer and all manner of candy canes, snowmen, snowflakes, stars, etc. -- and 3) we were making plans with my in-laws for what we're going to do Christmas Eve and morning when we're up there next. I think they're going to invite my parents to come for Christmas dinner. This ought to be interesting.

And it's a good night for a Civil War reference because although it was very cold today -- I'm not sure it got above freezing where we were in Pennsylvania -- we spent part of the day at Gettysburg National Battlefield, just because we hadn't been in awhile and it's beautiful and somber with the stark trees at this time of year. We hiked on Little Round Top, though the kids were too cold to climb in Devil's Den, where the rocks are more accessible than ever because the park service has set out to remove all the trees that were not on the battlefields when the Civil War was going on. This seems a little insane to me, as we are talking about thousands of trees and there are now hundreds of monuments for the different regiments etc. dotting the battlefields that were not there either, and it's so pretty now with the woods everywhere. The kids had refused to bring their gloves and therefore got cold pretty quickly, so after we walked around on Little Round Top, we drove through some of the other areas and looked at the cannons and markers for fallen soldiers.

Otherwise it was pretty mellow -- we had sandwiches for lunch (well, I had yogurt) and baked chicken for dinner so as not to upset the stomachs of those of us who had bad weeks digestion-wise, and we played Monopoly which to my amazement I won by a lot, mostly because I had the orange properties with hotels on them and people kept ending up in jail, then rolling themselves out and right onto my $1000 properties. So although other people owned all the other monopolies, I ended up getting their properties when they owed me more than they could pay and after my son had to cede Park Place and Boardwalk to me, he quit. *g* I do not think I have ever had such a successful Monopoly game. We did not see Maximus (the groundhog), though apparently he was out early in the morning when my mother in law walked Ginger (the dog), who is now too blind and deaf to notice the rabbits and other animals in the backyard. She's also limping quite a bit. Our younger son is going to be absolutely devastated if anything happens to her so I am worried.

Have not read flist or gotten to comments from yesterday and tomorrow morning we all have to get up bright and early for a performance at the kids' Hebrew school (my older son is playing Ariel Sharon -- this ought to be interesting). Then younger son has a birthday party playing laser tag and older son has three friends coming over, so it will be a miracle if I manage to get anything done beyond kid stuff!

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