Well. . . yeah.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
|Cathy and Richard on the Square in Oxford. (Can you tell which Witt prof has just returned |
from an intense week-long service immersion trip in a remote area?)
|The statue of the Confederate Soldier on the Square gets a visit from Ezra.|
|Oge and Moses, outside the Lyceum (with Moses helpfully indicating |
the origins of the Ole Miss logo).
|Outside Taylor Grocery, waiting to go in and eat.|
|The Wittenberg vans head down the driveway toward Mont Helena to get a closer look.|
|"Chins in hands, everybody!" Group shot on the front stoop.|
|View from the front porch: a tractor preparing the field for some spring planting.|
Before leaving the Delta, we stopped a few miles outside of Rolling Fork at Mont Helena, a Colonial revival style home built atop a ceremonial Indian mound.
Built in 1896 (the first time. The house burned right after it was built, but its owners immediately began rebuilding), the house is not an antebellum home, though it is still representative of the gorgeous old mansions the South is famous for.
Nobody was home, so we peeked in the windows and took in the view from the front porch — the highest point for miles around before piling back into the vans to head home.
|Michelle poses with a rather large teddy bear on the porch of the Onward Store.|
|We've seen lots of firsts on our trip — including this armadillo basket. |
Just the thing to add some, uh, life to a dull dinner table.
President Teddy Roosevelt came to this part of Mississippi to hunt for bears in 1902. The story has it that the president's hunting guide had arranged for a bear to be captured and tied so that Roosevelt would be sure to get a bear — and that Roosevelt refused to shoot the tied-up bear, leading to the manufacture of stuffed toy bears by companies like Cracker Jack. Teddy bears.
That's the story, anyway.
|Sun coming up on the tiny little town of Cary.|
|Team Witt and the gang from Northwestern College gather out in front of the admin building |
after devotions for one last photo.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Leigh, Kate, and Tyler teamed up to conceptualize a mural for the hallway in the Children's Village — then spent several hours bringing it to fruition. The result: a lively spot of colorful inspiration for passersby.
. . . that makes people feel reflective. Or epic. Or awed. (Or in the mood for skipping stones!)
We got a treat this afternoon when Robert Jackson, taking a break from his usual schedule at the Center, took us on a quick trip to see this legendary river. The Mighty Mississippi. Father of Waters.* The largest and longest river in North America. Huck Finn's playground. . . Big water, indeed.
*In a letter dated August 27, 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote, "the Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea," referring to General Grant's capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi — though, officially, the word Mississippi comes from an Ojibwa word meaning "big water."
Photos (from top): 1) Michelle, 2) Tyler, 3) Sarah and Kate, 4) Team Witt plus Robert, and 5) NOT the splash made by the rock thrown by a certain young woman from Wittenberg (who may or may not have narrowly missed hitting a Witt faculty adviser while attempting to skip a stone, later confessing, somewhat horrified: "Nobody's going to let me forget that. I threw a rock and missed the biggest river in the United States.")
There's probably 60 years difference in their ages — and a fairly noticeable difference in their raking styles — but I found it very moving, watching them work the soil together, preparing it for future growth.
. . . and sometimes it's about getting down.
|Audrey and McKenzie mixing it up after devotions with Carl at the piano.|
|McKenzie and Sarah run Anna and Cathy through the dance they'll be teaching the kids.|
|And the whole house is rockin'!|
|After it was discovered that both she and Cathy were drum majors in high school, Star, |
who works with Carl at The Village (the Center's on-site educational branch),
shows she's still got the moves.
|Anna and Heepke get into it, too, dancing along with McKenzie and Sarah.|
|Michele helps with the new floor.|
|Leigh and Genesis take a break to give the camera a smile.|
|Worksite supervisors Barb and Ken, standing next to the Center's handy tool shop on wheels.|
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|Oge, in a classroom in the Children's Village —buried in an after-school boy pile.|
|Heepke and a new friend.|
|Watching volleyball with Anna.|
|Just a few more boxes to sort through, y'all.|
So what is baling, you ask? Take a look at the handy pictorial below. . .
BALING 101: A Handy Pictorial
|1. Help Ken unload the truck.|
|2. Wheel the cart over to the baler.|
|3. Sort and toss, setting aside things that either can't or shouldn't be baled. |
Everything else goes into the baler.
|4. Close the baler door and prepare to be amazed.|
|5. Baler doors open to reveal. . . a bale!|
|6. The bale then gets loaded onto a forklift and stacked out in the paved area |
behind the distribution center to await pickup.
|(Requisite artsy shot of bales in the driveway!)|