Here are the fill-ins:
1. The most interesting museum I have been to is McKissick on the campus of the University of South Carolina.
On the main campus of the University of South Carolina, there are several museums. One is the museum that houses all the archives of the old MovieTone newsreels. This is outstanding.
However, a small museum known as the McKissick museum houses the walking stick that Preston Brooks used to beat Charles Sumner on the floor of the U. S. Senate.
Brooks was a congressman from South Carolina. Charles Sumner was a Senator. Sumner had made a speech entitled Bleeding Kansas in which he mocked Preston Brooks’ cousin, who was a senator from South Carolina.
Brooks walked onto the senate floor and caught Sumner by surprise. He took his walking stick and beat Sumner almost to death and walked out.
Impeachment proceedings were started against Brooks. Brooks resigned instead and went back to South Carolina. A special election was held to fill Brooks’ vacated seat. Even though Brooks was not running, he won by a landslide. In the meantime, hundreds of walking sticks were sent to Brooks to replace the one he broke while beating Sumner.
2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is really too many to name..
We have been to the Alamo. We have been to the Hermitage, which is the home of Andrew Jackson. We have been to the battery in Charleston and to Walnut Grove Plantation,. We have been to the site of the Long Cane Indian Massacre (Suzanne’s 8th great-grandmother was killed here). These were all wonderfully historic.
3.Blue Bell Ice Cream_ is back!
It had been recalled for a while. It was terrible going without it. We lived in South Carolina where there really is not a stand out ice cream. One is pretty much the same as another But Blue Bell Ice Cream is a cut above all the rest. You can have your Ben and Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs or whatever else. Blue Bell is far better than any of that, and it is cheaper, too.
4. I was surprised when shy little Suz gave permission for about 30 student nurses to watch her give birth to our firstborn son.
Suzanne is very shy and introverted. When the teaching doctor came into the birthing room to ask if they could watch Suzanne give birth to our oldest son Jared, I was geared up to say, NO. However, shy little Suz said, “Sure, I think it would be simply charming.” She did not really say that, but she did let them come and watch.
Jared’s due date was 05 June 1986. It was 05 June 1986 and these student nurses had to be in class by 11:30 am. Jared was born at exactly 11:29 AM. I joke and say that he was going to hold out and be born at exactly noon but he wanted everyone to see him. He always was a show off. Just like his father.
Well, folks, that is it for this week. Any of you who follow this blog regularly might have noticed that I have stopped participating in all the memes except for this one. We have just been so overwhelmed with things here that are demanding our attention.
We have a couple of friends that need us to help them in a few months. We are trying to get everything done that we can before then so that we won’t fall too far behind if we do end up needing to help them. It is kind of up in the air.
Have a great week!