Friday, January 25, 2008

Real-life lesson in civics

First, here is Adorable modeling this year's National Pro-life T-shirt Day t-shirt. Lovely and their friend Boo also modeled, but I can't find the pics of them at this very moment. I'll keep trying.

In other news, we spent Tuesday, Adorable's official 18th birthday, at the March for Life in Washington, DC. It was great fun if you like standing with several hundred thousand other people in 20 degree rainy wind, listening to politicians pontificate over the exact same thing said in 34 different ways. But it was for a good cause, so we endured. We learned a few things too, and here they are in random order:

1. Kansas sends more people to the March for Life than any other state.

2. Notre Dame students are louder than all the folks from Kansas.

3. New Jersey has at least three representatives who are pro-life. Just in case you ever thought about moving to New Jersey.

4. Frostbite occurs in one-tenth the time it takes for it to go away.

We were surprised that the vast majority of marchers were Catholic. Not that that's a bad thing, I just never thought about it. I just assumed that most would be, you know, the evangelical Christian types. So during our very lengthy, slow march, I learned the Hail Mary, Our Father, and that not all Catholics know them by heart.

One lady was there with a large group of high schoolers and when we got to the Supreme Court building, she got their attention and began praying, did the hand motion, and then said, "What comes next?" For some reason that really cracked me up.

Anyway, for your perusing pleasure, here are a few pics from the day.
Ab and Boo when we first arrived:

Some of the cool signs we saw:

The three of us during the pontificating:

Walking up Constitution Ave., up Capitol Hill, it's people as far as you can see:

And behind us, still people. Is this what the Israelites felt like when they were leaving Egypt? Only not as cold.

So I'd say this was a bang-up home schooling day. How many kids get to experience real-life civil protest? We're already making plans for next year - battery operated socks, thermos of hot coffee. . .

Be thankful ~



carrie said...

woo hoo! Let's hear for the Land of Eternal Flatness!!

Cool pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

AWESOME! What a neat march, I loved reading about it!! I don't live anywhere where big marches go on like that. It would be neat to experience something like that.