May 12-13, 2010
#1 Drive them 150 miles away from home...
away from their studies,
away from their friends,
away from their guitar....
#2 Make the first stop a tour of a potato chip factory.
#3 Continue an educational journey with a tour of The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
#4 And to top it off make them sit from 8:30 - 3:30 for instruction in writing, writing, writing.
Tortured they may have been, but there were glimpses of enjoyment and a broadening of our world.
J didn't mind eating tortillas hot off the machines (If it's chippy snacks you are craving, this is the place to go. We left with arms full of samples.)
The Civil Rights Museum is an eye opening and sober place to gain
***Across the street is 16th Street Baptist Church where a bombing in the fall of 1963 led to the death of four young girls. The story of the prosecution of the men involved I read in disbelief. Justice was too long in coming.
After touring a small bit of the city we retired to a Hampton Inn on the outskirts, thankful for Hilton Honors Points. Thankful for soft beds. Thankful for our freedom. And thankful for our snacks.
As for the day of writing, well... Mr. Pudewa met us at the door and asked E&J if they were excited. "Sure," said J a bit hesitantly. "Liar," Mr. Pudewa said with a smile. We proceeded from there to all write (even me) SAT essays, listen to instruction and get a start on a college essay - all the while being entertained by Mr. Pudewa's wit and teaching style.
Two days. Torture or Well Spent? You decide.