Happy 40th Anniversary!

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"Sam & Mira" in front of reflecting pool at National Memorial.

Today is our 40th Wedding Anniversary.  How have the years flown by so quickly?  Why isn't my daughter still a little girl?  Actually, I like the age I am right now ... I'd like it even better if gravity hadn't gotten such a strong hold on my bod!!! 

We spent much of the day visiting two of Oklahoma City's finest attractions: the deeply touching Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Museum of Art.  We had also planned to visit the Myriad Gardens/Crystal Bridge, but Jag was feeling a headache coming on while at the art museum.  We had not eaten anything since breakfast - with diabetes he should eat somewhat often.

The National Memorial, on the site of the Murrah Federal Building, is really an extremely emotional experience.

"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie at the Surviving Tree, National Memorial
  I could not fight down the tears, especially when looking at the fence with all of the stuffed toys and photographs left by visitors to honor those who died at 9:02 AM on April 19th, 1995.  It is beautiful and very tasteful, but it should never have had to be built.  168 men, women and children lost their lives because some nut case hated his government.  The Memorial also lists the names of those who survived the bombing.  I had noticed some of the names were lighter in color; the ranger on duty told me they were names added after the original carvings had been put on display.  Several survivors were so traumatized they wanted to put the horror behind them.  They had a change of heart later on, thus the lighter color of the carving.  They have not been subjected to as much weathering as the originals.
View of "The Chairs" at National Memorial

From the National Memorial, we drove a short distance to the wonderful Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  They have an amazing collection of glass art by Dale Chihuly and a temporary exhibit of Roman art from the Louvre in Paris.  It was also Family Day, so the building was filled with children getting their faces painted, getting to wear costumes from Roman times (although I saw only one), wearing "laurel wreaths" on their heads and making an incredible amount of noise.  It was wonderful!  The Roman exhibit was fascinating.  Two of the sculptures, both of Caesar Augustus, were familiar to me from photographs I have seen.  The busts and full sized statures are incredibly life-like.

"Roman Centurian Statue", before shocking a little kid.
  It is obvious that they are true portraits.  Unlike the static (but beautiful) art of ancient Egypt, that of Rome, like the art of Greece, is very true.  The hair styles of the women were amazingly detailed, with braids and curls piled high.  Sadly, we were not allowed to take any photographs.

The Chihuly exhibit was fabulous.  As one enters the Museum, there stands the tallest glass creation Chihuly has ever done: 55 feet high, over three stories.  Sunlight makes it glow and all the colors make for great fun.  We could photograph the amazing glass works of art.  One of the museum guards warned us that we were not allowed to use flash photography.  He overheard me ask Jag if we could change the setting on the digital camera so as to enable us to photograph in the dark hall.

A boatload of glass beauty, Chihuly exhibit at Museum of Art
  The guard called his supervisor and was told that, as long as we did not use flash on the paintings, we were free to click away to our hearts content.  Whew!  This is the largest permanent Dale Chihuly exhibit in the United States.  I am so glad we came to this museum.

We returned to our motel to relax and (for me) get extremely vexed by the shenanigans of this computer.  It is so slow and it jumps all over the place.  You can be typing something and, all of a sudden, the letters are appearing where they should not be.  Grrr!

We went to a restaurant called Cimmaron Steak House for, what else?, steak.  The service was very good, the restaurant had a lot of character and the prices were reasonable.  The big problem we had was with the green beans.  They came right out of a can, then were drenched with salt.  Inedible.

All in all, we had a really marvelous 40th anniversary.  I never expected Jag to present me with a greeting card, but he did!  It was a complete surprise.  That is one of the most romantic things he has ever done. 

We leave for Little Rock, Arkansas, tomorrow.  That means an early start, which means early to bed.  Nighty night.

the4bubbas says:
So glad you got to see Chihuly stuff. I know how much you love it. Can you imagine transporting all of that stuff? Or being the poor schmo who drops it?

Happy Anniversary! xoxoxoxo
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
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Sam & Mira in front of reflectin…
"Sam & Mira" in front of reflecti…
Sam & Mira with Bubbie at the Su…
"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie at the S…
View of The Chairs at National M…
View of "The Chairs" at National …
Roman Centurian Statue, before s…
"Roman Centurian Statue", before …
A boatload of glass beauty, Chihul…
A boatload of glass beauty, Chihu…
Reverse view of The Chairs
Reverse view of "The Chairs"
Entrance Pylon, Oklahoma City Nati…
Entrance Pylon, Oklahoma City Nat…
Bowls of glass by Dale Chihuly
Bowls of glass by Dale Chihuly
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Birds and putti (cupids) glass sc…