Monday, November 30, 2015

Visiting Yorktown

Yorktown Virginia
There is a battlefield maintained by the National Park Service.
A Victory Center Museum.
A lovely board walk area full of shops along the York River.
And more, I have not spent nearly enough time in Yorktown...

We went over Thanksgiving weekend with our cousins who were visiting from Texas. 9 cousins ages 17 to 6 - great fun!

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Regarding Medicine of the Revolutionary War

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Weapons of the Revolutionary War

Kitchen, he says it would only take hours to dig out


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to visit the Yorktown Victory Center you'll need to purchase a pass
it is $16.75 for a ticket to the Victory Center for an adult
there are also combination passes including the National Parks, and 
the other two living history museums in the area

I'm linking with Sally for Blue Monday: Sally and friends I hope you find blue sky, blue water ways, blue clothing (blue jackets worn by revolutionary soldiers)

Monday Morning: Coffee & a Book

I recently read "Growing Up Black in White" by Kevin Hofmann
you can find it on Amazon here
and Amazon's description:
Growing Up Black in White is author Kevin Hofmann's gift to the American public seeking answers to so many questions about what it is to be raised in a racially diverse household. Born to a white mother and black father in Detroit in 1967, only weeks before the terrible race riots that brought a major city to its knees, the author was taken to a foster home and then adopted by a white minister and his wife, already the parents of three biological children. In this fascinating memoir, Hofmann reveals the difficulties and joys of being part of this family, particularly during a time and in a location where acceptance was tentative and emotions regarding race ran high and hot. Hofmann shares with readers the pressures and joys of being part of a family that navigated through tumultuous waters, and came out the victors in an old and oft-fought battle. This is a book that offers insight, humor, and plenty of hope.

The book was suggested to me. Being a white mom with children who are not the same race I am, I was curious to read Kevin's account of growing up as a black boy with white parents. I am sure not every experience he had is one that my children will live, however I would guess that my children would find commonalities in experience.

I appreciated his voice. I was/am somewhat in awe of some of the choices that his parents made. I am challenged by this book to reconsider some of my choices as a white mother to asian children. For parents, grandparents, godparents or good family friends of transracial adoptees I would suggest reading this book to hear Kevin's perspective and consider how to best be an ally to the children.

For people not a part of a transracial adoption triad, I would still recommend this book as an interesting perspective on race relations in the United States from someone who has had the opportunity to experience race from a different perspective.