March 22nd, 2009

green little review

Poem for Sunday

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After we retrieved Adam from Hebrew school, we spent the first official day of spring at the National Arboretum, where we were delighted to find many more flowers than we were anticipating so early in the season...even some cherry blossoms, though the ones around the Tidal Basin aren't expected to bloom until the last days of March. We also walked through the bonsai, over to and around the National Capitol Columns, and along the trail that winds through the Asian collection. The weather couldn't have been more beautiful and even the Anacostia River looked pretty through the emerging buds on the trees.

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Daniel called as we were preparing to leave the arboretum with the sad news that his team had lost in the quarter-finals of the robotics competition in Annapolis, so they will not be traveling to the national championships in Atlanta. We headed toward his high school to retrieve him, arriving before he did and stopping at Starbucks for hot chocolate while we waited. We knew from the radio that Maryland had lost to Memphis by nearly 20 points in the NCAA tournament ("March Sadness," to quote WBAL), but we came home and watched some of the later NCAA games, including the nail-biter between Gonzaga and Western Kentucky and the very close Duke-Texas match.