Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday in the cherry blossoms


This morning, I packed Veeka into the car and drove to the Tidal Basin, an act of sheer madness as the roads around there were reaching gridlock by the time we got there. Finally found a place to leave the car - miraculously - although we'd no sooner walked away than Veeka began to wail that she was too tired. Little did she know she had an entire mile to go trudging around the pond. Whole buses were disgorging dozens of tourists, so the walk was beyond packed in that a crowd equaling the populations of several states were doing the same thing as we were. Still, the blossoms formed the loveliest delicate pink roof as we made our way around.
Veeka liked the Jefferson Memorial quite a lot, as it turned out and thought the blossoms were pretty and demanded to be carried much of the way. A popsicle mollified her somewhat on what turned out to be a very warm day. The weather could not have been lovelier and the photo was taken from one of the few uncrowded spots.
Next, we ended up at McDonalds, her favorite place, to get her a Happy Meal and then it was off to a local monastery that was also packed to the gills. The place is known for its stations of the cross walk through a very lovely garden so I spent a lot of time explaining to Veeka the concept of piercing someone's hand with a nail. She has done so well so far - Thursday she made it through an entire Maundy Thursday service. She really enjoyed having her feet washed.

1 comment:

hyacynth said...

I just read your blog in The Washington Times regarding the sudden death of Wayne Dillard, Baghdad prayer patrol founder.

How accurate you were in describing Wayne as humble after only a brief encounter with him. I was fortunate to serve alongside of Wayne & his dear wife, Kathleen for nine years in ministry and am honoured & humbled to call them dear friends. He was the most gentle, tender man I've ever known--a true gentlemen. Those who knew him from all over the world--Singapore, Israel, India, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, U.S., Japan, Thailand (the Body of Christ around the world) are in deep shock with his sudden passing, but a rallying around Kathleen & her daughters, Julia & Jessica. We are family & our love for Jesus & Wayne draws us closer in this difficult time.

Thank you.......for a fitting post about Wayne......we suffer in our loss, the world is poorer without him, but rejoice in Wayne's ultimate victory! His life was an inspiration & challenge to all who knew & met him.....because of the simply & authentic way about him that was so powerful.