Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday Medley: Unofficial Observances

NATIONAL V-J DAY – August 14 – 15 – Unofficial Observances

In the spirit of cooperation, I am going to show our own unofficial observance of duplication.

Our daughter and SIL are replicating the mural behind them.  Are they not the cutest!

Last week we attended two performances of "Matilda The Musical" in which our 12 year old Ava Grace had a part.  It was held at the Latino Cultural Center in Downtown Dallas.  In case you missed yesterday's blog post where I showed pictures of our Amanda and scenes from the play, you can see them HERE!

 This is the beautiful lobby.

The colorful painting in the rotunda outside the lobby, is a highlight of this architecturally interesting building.

There is also a very nice though small art gallery inside as well as the lovely theater.

 Now join us for answers to Terri's Wednesday Medley questions.  The Meddler's answers can be found HERE!


NATIONAL V-J DAY (Victory over Japan Day)

1.  I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about.  Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII?
Yes, I had an uncle - my mother's brother - and I have the Japanese sword to prove it.
2.  The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of  "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts?

I will try very hard to keep my response "in the spirit for which it was created."
I think this statue is an adorable reminder of what so many of our soldiers experienced and felt when they returned from this horrible war.  The people were truly grateful for their sacrifice and service.  And the men and women were grateful to finally be home.  I doubt this pretty nurse was kissed against her wishes.
The various movements in the last few years have created more division than unity and in that way are destroying evidences of historical significance.  Our state has it's own "movements" and groups who are determined to remove every beautiful statue that remotely relates to the Civil War.  This is very disturbing.
I am sorry to see the above statue defaced in such a way, but am more resentful that groups of people are allowed to do this and get away with it in the spirit of free speech.

3.  Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies".  It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though).  Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)?
Germany, Italy and Japan
Great Britain, USA, France, Russia, Australia
4.  Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between.  Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world?

No memorials but I have visited these museums.
Image result for world war II new orleans images
I have visited the wonderful World War II Museum in New Orleans.  If you are ever there, this is a must see.

We have also been to the World War II Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.  The Admiral Nimitz War Museum adjoins this museum.  Both of these are wonderful places to spend a day or two.

5.  Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.  (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that.  Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools.  Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services?
Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoor
I only know of one, the son of a family friend who is currently serving in the US Navy.  Adam was honored to be in the color guard and carry the POW flag at a Cardinals/Seahawks game last year.
6.  Please tell us something about your week so far.

Yesterday was the 25th wedding anniversary of our son John and his lovely wife, Michelle.  We love them both so much and wish them a very Happy Anniversary.  Where have the years gone?

As my life has been rather uneventful up to this point, I want to share some more pics taken from our trip to Dallas last week.

We were delighted to take a couple of our grands out for dinner on Friday before the play.  Chandler had a back-to-school event and was unable to join us.  But we loved having time with Brad and Cassidy and her friend Kevin.

These delicious appetizers introduced us to the delicious entrees yet to come.  The one on the left is a corn dish made with bone marrow and served in the bone.  Interesting and very tasty.  The guacamole was some of the best I have ever eaten .  If you ever have a chance to eat at Beinvenidos in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas, you must do so.

A view of the Dallas skyline from the restaurant.

We could not be more proud of our young actress.

You may recall that a couple months ago a crane was blown over during a thunder storm in Dallas, killing one woman and injuring several.

The scene of this horrible accident was right behind the theater so I was able to get some close-up pictures.

The clean-up should begin any day now.
On Thursday of this week, I will make another trip to Dallas for the brunch shower of our Granddaughter Emily who will be getting married in Fayetteville, AR in October.

I am looking forward to having some more time with our family.  I never get enough of that.
Enjoy your week and check back tomorrow for the pictures of Shreveport's building art.


  1. So much going on in your life! It’s good to be busy.

  2. Well said on #2! Thank you for sharing the pictures of your trip. I enjoy getting to see places I've never been and what a nice time with your grands. Congrats on all the good things going on in your family!

  3. Loved your answer on #2 and completely agree with everything you had to say about it. It grieves me the way the free speech amendment is so abused … especially when someone actually speaks truth and they are shut down. All the pics are wonderful! I love the first one of your daughter and sil. I have lived in the Dallas area now for 46 years and never knew about that place. Very good pics of the crane. We were talking about that just the other day and how critical communication is for the crane operators.
    You have much to be thankful for and all the events going on. Do you know the venue for the wedding in Fayetteville?

  4. Thanks for your visit. Loved reading your post today and seeing all your lovely family pics.

  5. Your response to #2 was wonderfully put. Very disturbing, indeed!
    So much good 'stuff' today! Love your daughter and SIL's mural recreation! My former, favorite boss is constantly posting WWII reenactments at that museum (Legion of Mars?) - which my hubby finds fascinating. Frank recently retired from WDSU, but I think he still resides in there. I'd love to taste that corn and marrow appetizer. Dallas is still one of my favorite cities.

  6. Wow!! What an exciting time for all of you with your budding actress!! I just loved seeing all of your photos! Thanks for joining the Medley this week and I so appreciate all you shared with us!

  7. Your answer to #2 was right in line with my thoughts on "movements". Your vacation/family photos are wonderful. I especially loved the photo of your little actress. Have a great week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  8. Your little actress looks so very happy! So glad you had such a nice time with your grands!


I do love reading your comments, so please share your thoughts with me.