Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day

Like many Americans, I filled up the gas tank (with expensive gas I might add) and drove this weekend. We visited Mr. H's family in Cleveland. It was the usual, fun, relaxing, sitting around weekend. The drive there was the usual boring drive through Indiana and half way through Ohio, though we did manage to successfully navigate taking Lake Shore Drive to the Skyway instead of going through the construction on the Dan Ryan. Once there, we hung with Mr. H's large family. There was a lot to catch up on. The youngest has just graduated from college and is contemplating law school and a possible move to Chicago. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a medical crisis with one of the nieces, but things are looking better. Mostly I hung out on the back porch and drank and chatted. I did mange to see my old roommate from college, Mrs. T, and her son. It was good to see her, though the visit was too short. There never seems to be enough time to do everything, but then, there never seems to be anything to do.

There was a lot of traffic on the drive home, and I was having to pay a lot of attention to the other drivers all zooming to end their weekends. For the most part, I was content to cruise the speed limit and stay in the right lane. At one point, I actually had the opportunity to catch the scenery, which really isn't all that much in Indiana, and I've seen it so many times. But this time, I managed to see something different. I saw the place that the Indians (Native Americans) lived. I had come into a little valley of sorts and for a short time there were just fields and I could imagine Indians walking, hunting, gathering in these fields. Living along the rivers and steams. There were no roads with cars crisscrossing the state at 80 miles per hour. There was no state called Indiana, there was no such thing as an "Indian."

Now I sit here in my air conditioned office, in front of my 21 inch computer monitor and shake my head at the hubris of my ancestors. Another little vow today to leave the world a slightly better place than I found it.

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