Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!
We're enjoying the beautiful, cool weather ("cool" will
be but a memory back home in Texas) while exploring Virginia. Now we're
in Richmond, though it's too late in the afternoon to do much exploring.
We did enjoy the drive down Monument Avenue, though I'm sure there are
now plenty of area drivers who are cursing that silly woman with the
Texas license plates who tried to maneuver through traffic and look at
both the monuments and the beautiful houses, all at the same
I had a frustrating experience that many other would-be amateur
photographers have: I missed the perfect shot. After supper this
evening, we were driving down a lovely street when I glanced down a side
street and saw that we must have been traveling parallel to Monument
Avenue, because I got a fleeting glimpse of one of the statues. I cut
over one block and sure enough, we were back on Monument Ave. The next
statue we passed was that of Robert E. Lee, and I am certain that
even the sculptor couldn't have envisioned a more beautiful setting. The
sunset glow lit the Lee monument so gloriously, and the warmth of the
sunlight with the brilliance of the bronze made it one of those
once-in-a-lifetime moments. I turned the car around at the next cross
street, parked as quickly as I could, dug out the camera and ran to take
the picture.... and it was too late! The sun had slipped behind the
Whether one admires the individuals memorialized on Monument
Avenue or not, I think it would have been hard not to have been moved by
the beauty of that sunset on the bronze figures. I am sure that the
statues of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Arthur Ashe, glowed with
At least I think I got some cute pictures of the kids!
With luck, I'll get to visit the Library of Virginia tomorrow,
where the kids will settle in with their homeschool assignments while I
hunt for ancestors. We'll see...
Knocking on wood from the La Quinta Inn in Richmond, Virginia,