Daily Reflections From My Window

May 18,2021: Tuesday and for many of us, Election Day


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Nothing like someone like Prince Harry coming from another country and saying that they don’t understand our Constitution. He fell in love with an American, got tired of his Royal duties, wants privacy for his family, and does every interview that comes along. I don’t get how that’s privacy, but then, Harry, here’s a link to the U. S. Constitution . The founding fathers were so smart (and they were farmers, merchants and lawyers, who served in the Continental Army) that what they wrote hundreds of years ago still applies today. If we just refresh our minds.

Jay loves history and so did my Dad. I don’t think he ever read fiction. He loved biographies of the founding fathers and historical figures who built our country, just like Jay. Jay can explain to me how these things apply to us today, so when he read about cry baby Harry, not understanding the 1st Amendment, as a history lover and lawyer, he went bonkers (not literally, but you know what I mean!). He and my Dad, if he were alive, would have been having some great discussions about it.

So imagine, last week we were In Savannah, Georgia, to celebrate our sweet Madison’s virtual graduation from The New School, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Contemporary Music with her family, in a place steeped in American history and heard about the poor prince. Go to Savannah, or Williamsburg, or Jamestown, or Gettysburg, Harry, and get out of Malibu (is that where they are?) and learn about the history, good and bad, of your adopted country. It might open your eyes.

Back to Madison and her family! We were welcomed with Southern charm and hospitality like they’ve known us their entire lives, treated to a real low country boil and shown how so many adults all blend in together to contribute to the upbringing of one little girl, her 2 brothers and a cousin. Who’s who? I’m still working on it. I take lots of pictures so when I see Madison later in the week we can go over it. Here are Brandon, Poppa, Mimi, (Candy’s parents) Chandler, Madison, Em, Colin, Robbie and oh gosh…I think a friend?

She has a huge family and over the next few day, I’ll share pictures with you. What a wonderful group of friends and cousins. Here are our hosts, her Dad, Robbie and StepMom, Tommie. Madison’s mom Candy, died of cancer when she was 8, and her brothers were even younger. It was so nice to meet everyone and hear stories about how they all pitched in. Did I ever mention that when Jack was little, since my mom died when he was 3, my Dad when he was 4, Jay’s Dad a few years later and neither of us had met Jay’s Mom since she died before I met Jay, Jack would ask Santa for grandparents every Christmas? Sometimes you get that wish, just many years later in the form of an extended loving family. Because I really think we’re related now-they told us we were family!

Here’s Nan in the stripes with 2 of her brothers? Oh gosh…Madison??? I’m sure of Nan, Madison’s grandmother, a huge influence on our girl. Nan and Mary and Madison’s brothers came to visit us at Thanksgiving. More on our weekend in the next few days. We did learn that we were leaving that Nan’s great Aunt Debbie (her great Uncle Don’s wife) passed away after a five year battle with breast cancer. It was sad but apparently she was in so much pain, it was a blessing. She’s now free of pain and with her Lord. May light perpetual shine upon her.

You may be wondering about who took care of the alpacas? Our wonderful neighbors, Julie and her son Trevor. In this photo, Taz is in his usual Supervisory role. I think Trevor has it Taz! Last year Trevor and his brother had a lawn business. I might see if they’d like to work on a small rock project on the boys’ side. 😉

We’re all unpacked and looking forward to our next adventure, whatever that may be. We flew out of Johnstown and we cannot tell you enough how pleasant it was! So much nicer than having to drive to Pgh or DC. Free parking too!

For me, it’s fiber today and looks like a perfect day.

In the meantime, remember to VOTE, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!