My boyfriend Grant says there’s no middle ground with me. Either it’s one extreme of the other. Maybe he has a point since I consider our non-dinner-and-a-movie dates “adventures.”

Yesterday we went on an adventure.

We started the day off by roaming Barnes and Noble and picking up a few summer reads. On my list were The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Grant bought The Best Short Stories of O. Henry and The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

After a pit stop at the LSU Student Union, we headed to downtown Baton Rouge to visit the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium. We were the only two viewers of the 2 p.m. showing of Digital Universe, which was quite mind boggling. When I think of the size of our world within the known universe, I feel small and insignificant. Anytime I marvel God’s creation is humbling. It was also a surprise when I read in the credits that family friend Bob Courtney had voiced the film!

Then we drove north three miles along the river levee to the towering beauty that is the Louisiana State Capitol. We entered the magnificent entrance hall and turned right toward the House of Representatives. My ZTA sister Missy met us in the peanut gallery above the bustling chamber to fill us in on her job as a page. She told us about the myriad of gifts the legislators receive: flowers, fruit and one day bushels of fresh tomatoes from a local farm. Missy scurried back downstairs before it was found out she was missing, and Grant and I listened to the questioning of the bill on the floor. The representatives spat out data and numbers, bounced from desk to desk, and asked leading questions to throw off the bill author. Grant was on the edge of his seat, his right leg jittering like it does when he’s concentrating. His eyes were wide and his lips pursed.

It was adorable.

“This is what I want to do,” he said.

Thanks for reading,


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