Georgia on my mind

That’s the ringtone I use for our granddaughter Alma and her mom, Lisa. It always brings a smile to my face when I hear it. And now here we are, in Norcross, GA, just a few miles from Alma’s home in Duluth.

Earlier in the week, we spent a couple days in Auburn, AL since we weren’t expected here until later. Auburn is just a few miles from Tuskegee and all the historical sites it has to offer. I remember studying George Washington Carver in grade school and the Tuskegee Institute has a museum which includes a large segment about him. If nothing else, his study and experimentation provided my husband’s favorite snack, peanut butter! I enjoyed reading about his teaching methods. Rather than teaching future teachers the specifics of a subject, he led them by having them answer questions for themselves. What a great thing to pass on to youngsters, not the data to memorize but the tools to find answers! We had hoped to tour the Booker Washington house across the street, but unfortunately tours weren’t available the day we were there.

Moton Field in Tuskegee was home to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-Americans trained to fly for the United States. Spending time there, as well as other places in the south, shows me how very sheltered I was as a child. Segregation wasn’t an issue in our county and I grew up believing that people were people. Knowing what conditions were in other parts of the country is a real eye-opener.

Interestingly, the first training planes were made by Stearman in Kansas, the company that later became Boeing.

A big part of the experience in the museum was the background sound, which in the hangar included all the sounds of airplane maintenance. In the office, it was the sound of typing on a manual typewriter–talk about something that takes you back!

Today’s activity was an arts fair in downtown Duluth, not far from Lisa and Alma’s house. We went to the home of Alma’s best friend and walked with her family to the festival. The first thing going on when we arrived was a fashion show. The dresses had each been created by a branch of the library in Gwinnett County and had been fabricated out of magazines, books and newspapers. Nothing comedic about these designs, though. They were beautiful!

And even more surprising than the dresses themselves, the models were librarians!

We’ve seen lots of chalk art pictures on the internet in the last few years but today was the first time we’d watched an artist with a project in progress. We saw pictures of several of his completed drawings, but unless we go back tomorrow, we’ll never know what this one will look like once he’s done.

The rest of the day was spent with Alma’s friend and her family. Today was the running of the Kentucky Derby, which we took very seriously. Check out the hats!

That’s Alma next to me. It won’t be long until she’ll be as tall as I am, even though that’s not saying much.

Earlier this month LeRoy’s computer got a virus and today we picked up his new one. I’ve no idea why it would take 5 days to do the virus removal, but that’s what they initially told us. When we said we were leaving before that, they quickly said they’d get right on it. Guess they didn’t want to lose that job! If it’s not done by the time we’re ready to move on, we’ll take it with us and pass it on to someone else.

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