6 Things for the Last 2 Days

by - Friday, April 11, 2014

1. Raw garlic- Am I the only person who nibbles on raw garlic until they give themselves heartburn? The Boy looks at me like I am absolutely crazy, but it just tastes so zingy and delicious.
2. Tate Audio Arts- The Tate Museum has a great online archive of digital materials. If you are ever bored and want somewhere interesting to poke around (and maybe listen to great artists talk about their work), check out this spot- http://www.tate.org.uk/audio-arts
3. Our new bench- We have a bench in our mudroom now, that my lovely husband put together, and it looks really nice. It is just happy whenever we get one step closer to the house being fixed up completely (though I hear that day is never actually coming, so I guess that is that).
4. Hanging out with pre-schoolers- I volunteered at the Children's Museum yesterday, and nothing is better for the spirit that playing with a four year old with an active imagination. They even basically said that I would only work as a volunteer for a few weeks before they start to move me up, which is encouraging. I am not sure a kids' museum is the perfect fit for me, but it's a start! Yay to the coming end of unemployment!

5. National Sibling's Day-Gah, Siblings Day now lands right up there with Mother's Day as a favorite social media holiday. I feel like there is nothing better than seeing people be loving and excited about their family members. Why can't every day be somehow devoted to people loving on each other? Plus, I get to reflect on how great my siblings are!
6. The Loving Story- This HBO documentary charts the marriage and subsequent Supreme Court case of the Lovings, a white man and black woman who were tried, incarcerated, and banished from their home for miscegenation. The most shocking moments of the film come from news reports of the day (and this was in some of our parents' lifetimes, it's not like this was 100 years ago or something), in which people say some truly shocking, racist, and horrible things ("if God intended races to mix, he wouldn't have put them on separate continents" or, "if miscegenation isn't outlawed, poor white people might start the mixing").

It is amazing to me how much the anti-miscegenation arguments rested on three points- 1. the "will of God 2. State's rights and 3. the welfare of children raised in those home. Sound familiar?

The other really notable aspect of the film is the relationship between the couple, who were mostly very quiet and uninterested in the attention (they just wanted to be able to move to Virginia to be near their families). Both were very very young when they got married, and they had no idea what they were getting themselves into, but despite the fact that the husband was incredibly soft-spoken and uncommunicative (they had to always meet with them in person to try to get him to speak), it is clear he LOVED his wife. The film is romantic, difficult, and just really shocking that such a thing could have happened. It's on Netflix, so check it out!

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