…1… Devo thinks the camera’s problem is the usb cord. I was unsuspicious….it’s been bent for like two years, why would it stop working now? But we haven’t replaced the cord, so there are no pictures. Still.
Which is kind of lame at Christmas time. All the pictures are stuck in the camera. Which just means that we’ll skip Christmas for now, and come back to it later.
But it was good. Merry and bright.
…2… I got my first seed catalog of the season in the mail today. I’m trying to remain sane, reasonable, and practical. But I’m seriously thinking of digging up some of the grass so that we can have melons. Lots of melons. I’m sure the kids would enjoy dirt paths around vegetable beds to run around and get lost in just as much as they enjoy grass. Right?
…3… While driving out and back from my cousin’s wedding this weekend, I listened to two fascinating stories on NPR. First, on Being, Joe Carter and the Legacy of the African-American Spiritual. Spirituals sometimes get the bad theological rap of being ‘escapist’. But this interview, with fantastic interludes where Joe Carter sings, explored and deepened my understanding of what spirituals say about God, people, and suffering. There are free downloads of the songs he recorded during this interview…go get them!
On the way back, on The Changing World, Mandela: In His Own Words. It was almost like my trip had bookends…two stories of intense suffering under unimaginable oppression, and a response to that suffering that did not include bitterness and hatred.
…4… We went on a most awesome trip to the mountains yesterday. The main highway to the snow was closed due to road damage, so we took a roundabout route. Three hours of driving, 45 minutes for lunch, and a glorious 15 minutes of sledding. It was a great time.
In fact, on this trip, for the first time, we sang a chord as a family. This is a big first!!!!! (We also sang The 12 Days of Christmas innumerable times). We had watched White Christmas, and there is a scene where Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and the other actress who’s name I’m too lazy to look up, sing about snow. Snow, snow, snow, snow! What better thing to sing, when searching for snow? Even Levi could chime in with “noooo”. I know, we’re destined for family musical greatness…just envision The Trapp Family Singers…