Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We did something TOTALLY different this year for Thanksgiving. (Okay, it wasn't "totally" different. We still ate turkey.) We invited ourselves to our friends' house near Washington DC. (It was Will's idea.) They moved from Oklahoma the month before we did so they are struggling with the same things we are as "transplants". We drove up there Thursday morning. The most exciting part of the drive was crossing the Potomac River. Well, the sign said that's what we were doing, but it was so foggy we couldn't see the water. When we arrived we enjoyed a feast, then later in the afternoon we took a drive through Annapolis and crossed the Bay Bridge (over 4 miles long). Of course it gets dark early so while we were on the bridge Will said, "So what are we doing?" I told him that we were over water, but once again we couldn't see it!
Audra, Tara, Ben, and Will "feasting"
Josh and Jacob Jammin'The next day we drove into DC. Will had asked to see the Lincoln Memorial. We headed that way, but took a wrong turn and wound up at Arlington National Cemetery. They had parking so we decided we might as well see it since we were there. We saw John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy's graves as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was an impressive place, and very respectful.
Next we found our way to the Lincoln Memorial and Will counted the steps and then told me what kind of columns they used. While we were there, I thought of my friend Darla whose husband proposed to her at Lincoln's feet.
It was a MUCH better weekend than last year. Black Friday will always have a different meaning for me than the rest of the world, but this year doing something totally different kept me from reliving Anna's last hours like I had done before. I have much to be thankful for, but I have to choose to be grateful.