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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.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow! I bet that Titantic exhibit was AMAZING! I didn't realize they were in Tuscon right now... but after reading the site... that must have been a bummernot to take any pics! I loveeeeeee the T-ball photos!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Mimi said...

I saw the Titantic exhibit years ago, at the Phx Science Museum, it is very fascinating, my favorite part was the china.
It is so very sad, I cry everytime I watch it.
Great playball shots of your cutie!!
At that age, they all have an attention span of a gnat!!!

Pondside said...

We saw the exhibit when it was here and I enjoyed it too. I believe I was a woman with three daughters - my husband was someone from below decks and didn't make it!

☆☆Mumsy said...

He is so cute and he did what he is comfortable with :-)

I've not seen Titanic exhibit yet, and would love to go..

Jo said...

awe, what a little cutie!!! t ball years are so much fun to watch ... i have never seen the exhibit, but if it comes my city i will!

Jackie said...

Hi , you can't expect a 4 year old to have good attention skills can you? They are so cute though and your grandson is no exception . Anyway thanks for the interesting info about the Titanic . It sounded intriguing especially that they give you someones name .

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Brant looks like a natural out there on the field.

Judie said...

Your grandson is just a doll! The boys always look so cute in their uniforms, don't they?

myorii said...

Wow, that Titanic exhibition does sound like an interesting exhibition! Glad that the passenger you got survived.

Your grandson is so cute in those photos :)

Donnie said...

The little ones sure do absorb what we say in their hearing. My grandsons played T ball and it was so much fun to watch. The Titanic exhibit must have been good.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Great post! That must have been a wonderful exhibit!

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Anonymous said...

That first picture of your grandson is just adorable! I haven't heard about the Titanic exhibit, but it would be fascinating.


Jingle said...

truly enjoy this...

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storybeader said...

the exhibit sounds wonderful. That ticket really gets you involved with the story! Great pics of grandson and t-ball! {:-Deb

Jenny said...

Oh Brandt is totally adorable. What a sweet, sweet little feller...and I think there is nothing cuter in the world then little boys playing t-ball!

That Titanic exhibit sounds fascinating. I need to be more observant about what's going on around the state here. That would have been neat to attend.

It was good seeing you here today. I'm glad you're finding happy in the midst of so much change.

And this was a terrific link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "T".

Thank you for sharing it.


Anonymous said...

this was very informative
if the exhibit ever comes around here i'll be sure to see it!

great pics of the little guy
he's so cute =)

Jingle said...

love the shots.
he is promising...

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yes, how heartbreaking are the Titanic stories of those whose lives were lost and how amazing are the ones of the survivors.

Aw! Your grandson is adorable! What a cute T ball player! Looks like he is had lots of fun!

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Anonymous said...

I had a chance to see one of the Titanic exhibits and was also very touched by it. I remember the glass hypodermic needle (before plastic) that managed to be in perfect condition, and the exhibit stated it was believed to be for a boy with asthma. Also, the suitcases with all of the clothes in them....chilling.
Your grandson is adorable!