By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
and soft, and slow
Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession,
troubled sky reveals
grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
whispered and revealed
wood and field.
Guess what? It's snowing. It's
not like we weren't warned -- we had a winter weather advisory all
weekend, a winter storm warning all day -- but it's St. Patrick's Day,
nearly the vernal equinox, and I am really ready for this winter to be
over. (Adam, however, is pleased, and hoping school will be canceled on
Monday, since snow days don't affect seniors -- their school year ends
with graduation whether it has to be extended for everyone else or not.)
was Jewish Halloween a.k.a. Purim -- don't lecture me about not calling
it that, our synagogue had a freakin' luau theme this year so even
they're not pretending it's not a big appropriated pagan festival. After
Adam worked the pre-carnival shift, we went to Ellicott City to meet
Paul's parents to do a bit of sightseeing and have dinner. The weather
and some closings changed our plans somewhat but it was still a nice
afternoon and Mexican dinner:
We had intended to visit Ellicott City's fire house museum, but it's closed in March (their web site didn't say that!).
So instead we admired the cliff-face buildings...
...and visited some of the stores.
Here are the chocolate Lego bricks at Sweet Cascades.
A fantastic fairy house at the Forget-Me-Not Factory...
...where I got to meet a leprechaun with bubble makers.
My kids in front of La Palapa as the snow starts to fall.
And inside, where we had dinner and watched the bracketology unfold.
who cares already knows that Maryland did not get into the NCAA or even
the NIT tournament, though that wasn't a surprise; among other local
schools, AU and GW both got invitations to the NCAA tournament and
Georgetown was relegated to the NIT, but the big talking point is
Virginia's #1 seed despite having lost to the Terps recently. We got
home in time for Once Upon a Time (still rooting for
the bad guys) and Cosmos (yaaay)!