We had many great conversations with lots of people from "Slow-vannah" (their word, not mine!) But one of my favorites was with a cook from Mrs. Wilke's restaurant. He came out while we were standing in line. (It was quite a line!)
me: It sure smells good.
Cook: It is good!
Another woman in line: I've never waited in a line so long for lunch.
Cook: Then you never ate here.
A man in line: What if we don't get in by 2 PM? (the time they close)
Cook: If you're here in line then you're in. If you call us at 2- we closed!
In Savannah, a lot of bathrooms had this sandy hand cleaner stuff instead of regular soap. In the mid-west I have found that anti-bacterial soap seems to be the norm. But while in Savannah, it was this stuff with a little scoop that you just flop into your hand then rub all together and rinse off with water. I do not like sand at all. I think it is gritty and gross. A lot of people like sand... although I don't know why. The advertisement says it has a secret ingredient that removes dead skin and makes hands feel smooth. I'm thinking the secret ingredient is... SAND! So, while the weather down there is much better.... I'm sticking with the good old anti-bacterial stuff that we have here that does not feel gritty and I definitely did NOT purchase any of this awful stuff while I was down there!!
Pepper and I spent some time in Savannah, GA this past week. One of the things we did was go on a night time/ghost walk that was led by a tour guide. Whenever I have done this kind of tour there is always one person in the group that I've wished wasn't there. For this tour it was a young girl (probably college aged) who came with her Mother because she said her Dad chickened out. She had gone on a similar tour a few years before so whenever the tour guide started a story she'd yell out things like.... "Oh yeah, I have heard this one! Its some kind of ghost cat or something-right?" The rest of us were less than amused!
At one point we are walking past a house that had been purchased by mail order piece by piece. Apparently, it was a story the college girl had never heard. The guide said that there was something done incorrectly on the house (the kit included directions, but the installers felt they didn't need them) The guide said, "Back then anything could be purchased from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog." The girl said, "What's Sears and Roebuck?"
Without missing a beat we told her, "The 19th Century's EBay." :)
Dill had a special science program at school the other day. He was holding lots of critters... like corn snakes and iguana's and tree frogs. He really wanted us to see him holding this tarantula. He told us that the day before it had pooped on him. His teacher told him he got the "Winnie the Pooh Award" that day. He thought that was great.... I thought it was just gross!
The other day I ran into someone that I do not see very often, but we are friends on Facebook so we keep up on the happenings in each other’s lives. She told me she had read lots about my kids and was happy they were doing so well. I said thanks. Then she said, “So, are they all straight?” This sort of surprised me since Dill is 10 and still thinks girls have cooties.
“I have no idea,” I said. Then she said, “Well, I am sure it is good that they know you’re ok with it if they are.”
This sort of stopped me for a minute. “Why would I be ok with it?” I asked.
“Well,” she said, “because you’re gay.”
She had my full attention now. I said, “True, but it would be like wishing for my kids to have a hearing impairment or be learning disabled just because I was. Its just another hurdle to have to jump, who wants that for their kids?!”
She didn’t say anything so I added, “Why would I want them to not be able to share insurance, have recognized marriages, get social security or death benefits if something happened to their partner? Why would I want them to have to lie to medical professionals so they can have their opinion count in medical decisions?”
I think my response surprised her. She just sort of said, “Yeah, well that’s true.”
I told her, “I don’t think parents ever think that their kids partners are good enough for them. When my kids fall in love with someone~ whoever it is, they just better treat them right.”
I hope my kids all know that they are strong enough to overcome whatever hurdles they do have in their lives, that good relationships are never easy but worth the effort and that I love them unconditionally. ☺