Day 199 Turning Pages

June 26, 2015

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th years where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)

New Zealand Couch Surfers join in the storytelling at Roman's.
It is an unusual day when I don’t pick up a book to read. Today was one. Somehow, life today seemed like pages from a book. We began by taking New Zealander Couch Surfers, Sally and Matty, to Roman’s where journalists meet every Friday for lunch. Table talk is often full of Sun stories. In light of the recent uproar over the confederate flag and current response to its use, David suggested that Maryland’s state song lyrics need further review. The words were written in 1861 but the song did not become our state’s official song until 1939.  It supports the Confederacy and mentions the “northern scum.”  Lyrics also refer to Lincoln as a “tyrant,” “despot” and “vandal.” It includes the phrase “sic semper,” which was shouted by Johns Wilkes Booth when he assassinated Lincoln. After lunch, we drove Sally and Matty around Baltimore, showing murals and graffiti and pointing out parts of Baltimore’s history such as Green Mount Cemetery where John Wilkes Booth is buried. David filled them in on Baltimore’s schizophrenia in the Civil War.

Our kiwi travelers also had stories to tell about their 3 ½-year adventure traveling to more than 50 countries. They have worked on boats, explored rain forests, gone scuba diving in St Maarten,  had a close encounter with a viper  and met the swimming pigs on the Exuma Islands.  

To finish the day, David and I attended Stoop Storytelling in Columbia and then friend Shawn dropped by our house for the night where we shared even more stories. 

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

 My gift today is stories.

More on the Maryland state song.

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