Sunday, March 12, 2006

Just Passing the Time in the City

Oh, yesterday was spectacular! Our trip to the Field Museum was really fun and the day was warm and I wore short sleeves was wonderful! Now, I am not an early riser, but the sun was shining and beckoning me to come outside.

The first thing we saw was the Pompeii exhibit. It was sobering though as I walked through and saw two thousand year-old statues and jewelry from those found dead in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Every now and then, there were casts of those who died in the pyroclastic cloud that swept down off Vesuvius and killed people instantly. Most were made of plaster. When a body was found during excavation, they would drill a small hole into the cavity left and fill it with plaster. After a while, they would dig the dirt away and a plaster cast of the body in its death throes would be left. One was made of wax and you could see the bones. It was sad.

I was wandering around looking at the ancient jewelry when I came across one glass case and looked into the magnifying lense to see a small pendant.

It was a penis.

Yes, a penis pendant with testicles and all. Seems as if the women of Pompeii and Herculaneum wore phallic jewelry to help make them fertile or to promote a good harvest. My husband loved it and wants to get me one. Yeah, right. Like I am going to wear a penis on my neck....oh wait. That sounds downright nasty. Sorry.

Uh hum...

Anyway, the new dinosaur exhibit looked good. The boys loved that one best of all and there was a good variety of skeletons there to satisfy any dinosaur lover.

We stayed for many hours and then decided to go for a walk along the lakeshore for awhile. The museum campus has the three museums (Field, Shedd and Adler), a playground, bike trails and many places to just sit and take in the scenery. Since it was warm, there were many people out and about, and it was the most relaxed I have been in a while. I just wish we could have stayed longer as it was the warmest day we have had in a while with no clouds and the sun was just a shining down and I was soaking it all in... Ahh, I love Spring!
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Name: Dana
Location: Chicago, and if y'all call me a Yankee, I'll have to cyber-smack ya'!

I'm just a mom of two, a crafter of jewelry, and to keep my sanity among the Yankees (kidding)I write southern-themed poetry, short stories and memoirs. I have been published on the web on sites such as USA Deep South, Southern Humorists, Muscadine Lines - A Southern Journal, Mosaic Minds and Long Story Short. I am also a contributor in Dew on the Kudzu and Weight-Loss where I write dieting humor.

And this is my blog... Kudzu, funny family stories, poems, family ghosts, snakes, sun-kissed southern memories all inside! Plus some travel reviews, recipes and more! I also make handcrafted jewelry! Check out my jewelry blog - Colors of the Woods

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