Well, the friends we were with last night were kind enough to allow us to have the last month of our mail sent to them from our other kind friends in Florida so we could pick it up when we saw them. They showed us the package when we got there last night and set it right by the door and guess what we forgot? So, after a wonderful morning of little church (finally!!) Nicole and I jumped in the car and drove 30 minutes to pick up the package and hug our friends' necks again. I was considering going to Mt. Vernon, but the website said it cost $15 a person, so I opted for Arlington National Cemetary instead. The view from the Arlington house (Robert E Lee's former residence) is spectacular; the the changing of the guards was very moving. I didn't know Jacqueline Kennedy-Onasis was buried next to JFK on the right, and I didn't know they had a son who only lived 2 days the same year Kennedy was assassinated, who is buried on the left. But the real story lies with all the service men and women buried there - so many sacrifices for our freedom - I wish I could have known each of their stories. We left there and drove only a few minutes right into DC and back to the Museum of American History, where I got a parking space right in front of the entrance - check it out:
I'm telling you - we have been very blessed with our parking in DC. So, we only had about an hour before closing, so we went up to the 3rd floor since we never got up there when we were there a couple days ago, and the very first thing we came upon was...the ruby slippers!
We crossed to the other side of the 3rd floor, and the next thing we came upon was Lincoln's hat:
I commented to Nicole that she got the ruby slippers and I got the old hat - kind of appropriate. :-) It really was fascinating seeing many of Lincoln's items and learning about a whole conspiracy that resulted in the execution of several people (and pardoning of some). I think I could spend a month or more here absorbing all the amazing history and science and art. Maybe we'll stay one more day - not sure. Most likely we'll leave as scheduled tomorrow. Tonight is Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian movie night, though, so I'd better go and pop the popcorn! :-) Blessings to all.
Tim & Jodie