Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stay at Home Moms

This is for all the stay at home moms.  (via a very old Ann Landers post)

One day, a man came home from work to find total chaos.  The kids were playing outside in the mud, still in their pajamas.   When he opened the door, he found an even bigger mess: empty food boxes were on the kitchen counter, dishes in the sink, dog food spilled on the floor, a broken glass under the table and a pile of sand by the back door.  The family room was strewn with toys and a lamp had been knocked over.

He headed  up the stairs, stepping over toys, to look for his wife.  He was becoming worried that she might be ill or that something terrible had happened to her.  He found her in the bedroom still in bed with her pajamas on,  reading a book.

She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day had gone.  He looked at her, bewildered, and asked, "What happened here today?"

She again smiled and answered, "You know, every day, you com home from work and ask me what I did today"
"Yes" was his reply.
She answered, "Well, today, I didn't do it!"

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Firefighter’s Memorial at Ivy Hill: 160 years of Tradition

As the Firefighter’s Memorial reaches its 160th year, Friendship Firehouse Museum and Ivy Hill Cemetery staff will discuss how and why Ivy Hill Cemetery was chosen for the obelisk honoring seven fallen firemen, and how the tradition of honoring fallen firefighters has grown at this enduring memorial.

Saturday, September 17, 1-2 p.m.

For age 10 and older. No charge.

Ivy Hill Cemetery
2823 King Street, Alexandria

Saturday, September 3, 2016

An End to the Halloween Pirate Display on Russell Rd.

FROM Dana Lawhorne:

Neighborhoods are defined by traditions. Delray has many but none better than the annual Halloween pirate show at 1407 Russell Road. Earlier today, Tami (the pirate lady) called me to break the bad news. She sold her house and is moving to Florida to help her aging parents. Her voice quivered as she told me the sad news. She talked about how much she enjoyed doing this for the community, especially the kids. It gave her great joy. I think she started off with a few pirates and it grew each year. Helping her was a blast. Working on it  each year was a tradition that I looked forward to. I will miss the  thousands of people who came to see it. I will miss helping Tami do something that allowed us to think about something other than bad news. It was a great distraction. It was a reminder that no matter what, traditions go on and so do it's people. Tami never let us down. She is a wonderful person who spent all her free time and hard earned money to make us smile. She has a big heart. No surprise that she is moving to be with her parents who need her. Loyalty trumps tradition and that's ok with me. I will miss her. If you can find time, send her a card or a note to say thank-you:
Tami Sarjeant
1407 Russell Road
Alexandria, Va. 22301