These will be super quick and probably super non-informative. But here we are.
Another quick trip to Charleston, to give family members a hand during a move. Because of the babysitting involved as well as rain all day Thursday we unfortunately didn’t make it to the beach. But we did revisit the aquarium and Shem Creek Park. Oh, and walked around the Citadel, a walk during which I thought of two things:
2) My previous visit there – I spoke at the chapel back in DVC days. Mike took Joseph to a baseball game during my talk and reported afterwards that Darius Rucker had sung the national anthem and we thought funny things like that would happen forever.
Weird and a bit sad -and I think f*** it and thank you and oh well and everybody dies and help me do this well and even better and someday and it just is what it is.
Michael caught (briefly) a toad and a small snake. Not at the Citadel but at other places. In one of our downtown wanderings, I discovered that downtown Charleston now has a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream shop – when I want to make ice cream, but don’t feel like doing a custard base, I fall back on Jeni’s recipe (egg free), which is very good. The shop is GREAT, with an emphasis on very grown up flavors, which I really enjoy.
It used to be that after time away, I spent the last five minutes of the approach home wondering/worrying whether or not my house had been broken into while I was away. Now I spend the last five minutes wondering whether my house has been broken into and if the snake is still alive.
(Answer from tonight: house safe, snake still alive. And had shed while we were gone, which is what I thought was going on the last few days before we left when he wouldn’t come out of his little cave….)
Life with my 9-year old:
This child on the drive home, randomly, at random times:
1. “Jiro dreams of sush! Jiro dreams of sushi!” Followed by numerous quotes from the movie, which he and I had watched some months ago. I mean…months.
2. “Mom, what’s the place where they study to be priests?”
“Right. And what’s the seminary we visited in Chicago?”
“Mundelein.” (this was in March, btw)
“Do you remember the young guy who was there, the guy with black hair who was like in his twenties?”
(Brandon Vogt, of course)
“Yeah, him! Well, I wish I had his voice.”
And I have no idea why he finds Brandon’s voice so…estimable!
So…that’s life in the car with this kid. Never a dull trip.
Including breakfast at Denny’s, studying up on his Mayan.
Do you think I’m kidding when I’m saying that I’m researching “Learn Mayan” books for him for this “school year”?
Here is me with my BBC radio podcast recommendations. This week, it’s this: “Educating Isaac.” As a person interested in both education and music, I found this program quite fascinating and even moving. The presenter is a pianist and music scholar who takes on the current dominant paradigm of music training, which is essentially about being able to duplicate and imitate. He wonders if there is another way and finds it in the 17th and 18th century Naples conservatories.
And here is where your (okay, my) Catholic and historiographical interests kick in. For part of what the presenter takes on is the paradigm of music history that highlights the mostly German tradition while completely ignoring the Catholic Italian tradition of music education, formation and composition which, he says, was even understood at the time as being superior. Today we think of the “conservatory” as being a facility for training musicians, but in actuality the term is rooted in institutions that, yes, were about music training, but that were started and run by the Church as a means of “conserving” the lives of orphans and other very poor children via music.
One Last Travel Blast coming this week – my older at-home kid is going back to school (for positive reasons, but still…school…forms..papers…uniforms..blah…) so our days of free n’ easy travel are about to come to an end …for at least the next nine months. So stay tuned here and on Instagram to keep up with this last trip….
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