Captain’s Log 5,730
Best spam caught in my filter this morning. “Your har is easy on the eye.” I guess I should be flattered. I wonder if they meant HAR as in har har or har-dee-har. Did they mean hair? It’s all so speculative.
It’s cold in my house this morning. 56 degrees and I love it. Slippers on my feet, coffee cup cradled in my hands, big robe keeping me warm. I don’t mind the cold. It’s easier to get warm when you are cold that to get cool when you are hot. I added an extra blanket to my bed and all is well. Snuggly buggly.
I always tell people to dress warmly when they come to visit in the winter. Yes, this is San Diego, but it does have seasons. Sorta. There isn’t any heat in the museum either, so I am used to being chilly. If I want to warm up, I get in the car and drive to the store. Or take a hot shower. It’s not rocket science.
When I lived in Minnesota, I took pride in my toughness for dealing with the seasons. So, I deal with the seasons as toughly as I can here. Toughly. Not sure if that’s even a word. It is now.
We had a great book discussion yesterday. The book was The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity. Interesting take on the life of Louise Brooks, a young starlet in the 1920’s who helped bring the bob into women’s hair fashion. She was a talented dancer and actress….but like so many, she fell into the pits of alcoholism and worse. She reminded me a bit of Lindsay Lohan today.
The book also explained the orphan trains that traveled across the United States, hoping to place homeless kids from the east coast into better lives out west.
Charles Loring Brace, the founder of The Children’s Aid Society, believed that there was a way to change the futures of these children. By removing youngsters from the poverty and debauchery of the city streets and placing them in morally upright farm families, he thought they would have a chance of escaping a lifetime of suffering.
He proposed that these children be sent by train to live and work on farms out west. They would be placed in homes for free but they would serve as an extra pair of hands to help with chores around the farm. They wouldn’t be indentured. In fact, older children placed by The Children’s Aid Society were to be paid for their labors.
The Orphan Train Movement lasted from 1853 to the early 1900’s and more than 120,000 children were placed. This ambitious, unusual and controversial social experiment is now recognized as the beginning of the foster care concept in the United States.
Orphan Trains stopped at more than 45 states across the country as well as Canada and Mexico. During the early years, Indiana received the largest number of children.
If you made it to California, that meant you were the least desirable of the lot. I cannot even imagine. I am sure some of the placements went well and some of them…..not so well.
It’s a busy week for me even though there is a holiday tossed in. I am cramming five full days of work into Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I also have to be the administrative on-site person on Friday. That’s okay. I hate shopping. I really hate shopping on Black Friday!
So it’s time to buckle down and put in the hours.