Mason's 3rd birthday was yesterday, so I went down to Birmingham for that. Sally made little cakes in the shape of train cars from a mold, and the kids decorated those. Mason was telling me what he got in the mail from family for his birthday, and the last thing he said was "..and a TUBA!" I said, "Oh really, you got a tuba?" "Yep, and you put water in it." "Oh yes, tubas and their need for water." Turns out it was a trumpet bath toy.
Barb came with me because Daniella's baby shower was later that day. It ended at 6:00, but we ended up staying and chatting with a few of the girls and didn't leave until midnight! It was an early morning since I was sharing a room with a 3-year-old.
Went walking in the park today. Alex and I saw two V's of geese. It made me happy. Then I came home and saw this quote in my email: "Of all the creatures that I can see in this landscape, the geese best represent the communion of saints. They depend on one another. The lead goose does the most work, but when it is tired, it falls back and another takes its place...The geese fly in the wake of one another's wings. They literally get a lift from one another. I want to be with others this way. Geese tell me that it is, indeed, possible to fly with equals." ~ Gunilla Norris
Sooo, this week, huh? Pretty good week. MLK Day tomorrow, my parents 40TH ANNIVERSARY on Tuesday (so happy for them) and my Mom's birthday, and Lost starts a new season on Wednesday! There's something else...some other thing...that's happening this week...oh yeah: the inauguration of BARACK FREAKIN' OBAMA. Not that I've been counting down the days or anything.
There is one thing that weighs on me, despite the good things. Something that actually made me dread the new year and turning the page to 2009 just knowing it was all the more closer: the execution of my friend Steve set for February 4. I know him through a former co-worker, Rev. Stacy Rector. I talked to him for a while on Friday (I say a while, but phone calls are limited to 30 mins and we talked to the end). What do you say to someone who is going to be killed in a few weeks, knowing this could be one of the last times you talk to him? Especially knowing that he very well could be innocent? You can read more about his case at http://www.tcask.org/cases/henley/henley.html Talk about learning the hard way about the company you keep. If anyone in TN is interested in filling out a card to the governor for his clemency (to get him off of death row), let me know. You can probably get one on the site as well.