Monday, January 21, 2008

August 28, 1963

(WARNING - SOAP BOX RANTINGS) Today is MLK day and I thought it would only fitting to take this picture. In August of 1963, standing in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC would have been a historic moment. Standing along side of the then unpopular man who's words caused a minor ripple in the every day news stream that day, but would echo in that mall from that day forward. At the time, Mr King was trying to open doors for not only the black man of America, but also strike a harmony with all men in this melting pot. I am personally amazed by the fact that I have heard this speech about 100 times, and yet I could not quote much from it this morning without looking it up, and yet what Mr King tried to persuade the listener to do seems so ideologically common sense in today's world. You'd think the simple message of equality would roll off your tongue easily. If you read it closely though, you'll find that having a woman and an African American running for president, and the self assurances that things are better wasn't enough. Mr King's words are searching for more than a separate but equal world, but one without the artificial barriers of skin color, religion (including Muslim) and gender masking who we are. It's a quick read , but worth a reminder of how far we have come, and how far there still is to go. (end soap box stomp.. now back to my self indulgent mundane rantings)

In our house today, we felt the intense urge to line up cars in the living room. This parade of trucks took a solid 20 minutes to construct and I'm sure will take a week to fully disassemble. Ryan started by bringing in 4 trucks and Connor a few cars... within minutes I was directing traffic and trying to limit the influx of vehicles into my family room. Remember when I mentioned the craziest things we parents find ourselves saying? Today mine was "I told you guys ... No Boats in the living room, only trucks and cars!". *Sigh* Anyway... our parade ended with bodies and trucks littering my family room without a clean up crew in sight. Later in the day, Connor could be heard singing the clean up song as he relocated a tiny portion of the multi-car pile up, but he soon changed his tune and went off to direct Ryan's activities in the other room. Without a superhero in sight today, it's going to be up to us mere mortals to clean up the mess .

1 comment:

Em & Tim said...

That parade really wiped those boys out... Coordinating all those trucks was a lot of work. Good luck with your clean up crew - at least it wasn't a ticker tape parade!! I'm back to blogging on my site. Check out pics from the weekend. :)