I thought it would be a good idea to actually stitch something from all my purchases on the trip (see previous post). You know, I do want DH to think I really do use some of the stuff I buy in quilt shops!!! Since he was in all the ones we stopped at along the way, he saw all that loot, for Pete's sake. I made the little candle mat from the Bareroots pattern yesterday. Not that he'll notice it sitting RIGHT ON THE TABLE BY THE COUCH WHERE HE SITS EACH AND EVERY DAY!!! But, I'm prepared should he ask, "What are you going to do with all that stuff???" Just being prudent.
One of the neatest places we stopped at on the trip was the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan--along with the adjacent Greenfield Village. I highly recommend it. DH and I had watched a 20-year-old mini-series (I guess I'm liking hyphens today) on a cable channel. It did a great job of depicting both his genius in making autos affordable for Everyman through assembly line manufacture and his dark side of prejudice and a longstanding extramarital affair. He had many inventor types as friends and seemed to relish in all that could spring from the human mind. His museum and village are a real testament to that. He (or his foundation, I should say) have had so many unique pieces moved to the site. It was amazing to see Thomas Edison's lab, the Wright Brothers bicycle shop, Robert Frost's home, Harvey Firestone's home, and so much more. We spent many hours there and could have spent even more. I was deeply touched by getting to see the bus that Rosa Parks was riding on the day she decided not to give up her seat for a white person and was subsequently arrested. A young man named Martin Luther King Jr. heard about it and helped to organize a yearlong boycott by blacks of riding the public buses. I used to teach second graders about this amazing woman and this event and to get to see the actual bus really affected me. I sat in the seat where Rosa sat that day. (Ignore the "vacation hair" please.) It brought back a lot of memories of the strife that was going on in the Sixties and how far we have come as a people. We do have "miles to go before we sleep" however.