Monday, July 2, 2012

Journey Through the Heat

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On Friday we went to Richmond, Virginia for a short trip. It wasn't the beach, but it was good to get away for just a little while. I had visions of walking around downtown, going to some antique shops, seeing some of the historical sites, getting coffee and sitting outside. Little did I imagine it would be...105 degrees. It was so hot, just walking a few feet on the sidewalk felt like wading through steaming jello. 


When we arrived we went to the Edgar Allen Poe museum. The garden was pretty but we didn't want to stay outside for long. 


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Witt had all the museums planned out for our trip so to get out of the heat we decided to go to the Richmond Holocaust Museum.


I learned that after and during the war, many Jews that were able to escape concentration camps fled to the US and many of them to Richmond, VA. At the beginning of the visit we had to sit and watch a movie where a few actual survivors that made it to Richmond (they had fled as children) told their stories. I just kept thinking, how are you able to live again after you go through that? I wouldn't be able to do it without major grace from God.


At one point, as we were going through the museum (which is set up so that you follow a path and wind your way through the exhibits) there was a door perfect for someone who would be about three feet tall to use. Of course, Witt gets on his hands and knees and crawls through and I follow. Much to my dismay, we were facing a pitch black tunnel. We crawled for what seemed like too long and came into a small room only big enough for us to stay on our hands and knees. We looked into a small cave which was dimly lit and full of mannequins all packed in and sitting. It was a re-enactment of an actual location where several Jewish families hid during the war. I was claustrophobic just crawling down there and they had lived in that cave for several months not even able to stand up. There were other atrocities that I saw and read about in the musuem that I shall not go into (you're welcome!). I thought I knew about the Holocaust but I didn't know everything. And it do think it's important that we don't forget, so that we never let anything like that happen again.


Coming out into the intense heat and sunshine was startling. I felt super depressed. We drove around sort of quietly not wanting to walk around downtown like we had planned. We stumbled onto an old neighborhood and came to a dead end which turned out to be a beautiful look-out of Richmond. There was an old crumbly brick wall covered in ivy and iron fences and a breathtaking birds eye view of the city.



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We took some pictures and walked around and it was really beautiful. As we left I noticed the street was named "Grace." I felt grateful. The place was just what I needed.


The next morning we were heading out to Witt's family reunion in Colonial Heights, VA. As we left the hotel Witt was lamenting that he hadn't gotten to see the river. We had tried to find a nice park the day before but the heat really took all motivation out of us and I wasn't being very cooperative since I couldn't care less about rivers. So on the way I suggested we try again. We found the perfect place, part of the Civil War museum, and got to walk out on the bridge and see the water. It was slightly cooler that day and there were people swinging from rope swings into the river. 


Yes, I am wearing the same thing I wore the day before. It was just too hot for anything else that I packed!



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After the reunion, we headed home, planning to stop and say goodbye to my parents who are leaving for Canada for five weeks. I get really bored in the car so we had bubble blowing contests. I'm pretty sure I won.




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I hope it's not as hot where you are!


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