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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Of Titanic proportions and T-Ball

A few months ago my daughter and I visited the Titanic exhibit in Tucson and we came away with feelings of awe, sorrow and a little regret. We were amazed at the artifacts but we wished that more were on display.  The portraits and stories were heartbreaking, but revealed remarkable feats of heroism and selflessness.  If the Titanic exhibition is in a town near you, I suggest that you visit it and read and view everything that is contained in the exhibit.
Upon arrival, each guest is issued a boarding pass with the name of a passenger on the reverse side.  At the end of the exhibit, you will learn if your passenger survived the sinking.

My passenger, Mrs. Jacques Putrelle (Lily May Peel), age 35, survived the tragedy and returned to her two children waiting in Scituate, Massachesetts. However, I don't know if her husband survived.

Several months ago, my daughter, husband and I were watching a documentary on the  HMHS Britannic and we learned so much.  Some of what we learned was also presented in the Titanic exhibit.  I never knew that the RMS Titanic had two sister ships, the RMS Olympic and the HMHS Britannic.  The RMS Olympic collided with the HMS Hawke in 1911, but it was able to safely return to port.  Of course we all know what happened on that fateful night in 1912 when the RMS Titanic tragically sank with so many people on board.  In 1916 during WWI, the HMHS Britannic struck a mine in the Aegean Sea and, it too, sank.  Another very interesting fact that I never knew was that a stewardess/nurse, Violet Jessop, was aboard all three vessels and survived the mishap and tragedies.  She wrote about her days with the White Star line and she passed away in 1971 at the age of 83!!!! Surprisingly my 3 year old grandson (he's 4 now) was in the room while we were watching the documentary and he was playing with his trains as he does everyday.  Suddenly he had all kinds of questions about the Titanic and the Britannic!!!  To this day, he talks about the ships but I'm sure he doesn't fully understand the impact these two ships had in history.

Speaking of my grandson, here are some photos of him playing T-ball.  He really enjoys it, but he has the attention span of a gnat!!!!!

This is how my grandson stops the ball coming his way!!!!
He's happy about something!
He made it to first base!!!!!!
Go get it, Brandt!

If you want to read more blogs participating in Alphabe-Thursday, please go to Jenny Matlock's blog.  Every week she presents a different letter of the alphabet and this week's letter was the letter T.