March 14th, 2011


Poem for Monday, Great Falls Flood, Romeo & Juliet

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We had a gorgeous Sunday to follow our gorgeous Saturday, so after a quiet morning while Adam was volunteering at Hebrew school and Daniel at robotics, we went to Great Falls to see how high the river had risen in the wake of last week's storms -- the Potomac had been predicted to crest at flood stage late on Saturday. It was the highest I've ever seen it, because the park has been closed when it became dangerous; today the trail across the island to the overlook was closed, as well as the most accessible section of the Billy Goat Trail, and park rangers were ordering people off the rocks at various points near the river, which was moving extremely quickly. Adam did some ninja climbing up the cliffs to take photos. We did get a few treats -- the first time in my life I have ever seen a beaver in the park (the ranger said that they've been swimming ashore exhausted and sleeping on the banks where they can, poor guys), as well as a heron, a couple of geese, and a couple of turtles. I kept checking my phone for news from Japan; the situation there is never far from my thoughts.

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My parents came over for dinner, since Paul had volunteered to make a belated birthday dinner for my mother and we won't see them next weekend -- we had Chicken Oscar, with crabmeat and hollandaise sauce (well, some of us had fake chicken and no crabmeat). Then we went to see a local theater group do Romeo and Juliet at the Olney Theatre Lab -- Adam read it recently in school and needs to see a few plays this semester for his drama class, so we figured that was a good choice for both reasons, and it was quite a good production. Mercutio, Benvolio, and Balthazar were all played by women, all of whom were terrific, as was Juliet (I think Romeo is a thankless role, I've never seen one on stage or film who left an impression as strong as Juliet's). The play was somewhat oddly set in 1943 and the Montagues were all wearing yellow stars, though there isn't a lot of exploration of prejudice for its own sake in the play (and I don't know what life was like for Jews in Verona specifically, though the program says the residents refused to round up the Jews there).