Thursday, March 30, 2006

On the Road Again

The dogwoods are so beautiful here! Yes, we've made it all the way to Birmingham with life and limb intact. It wasn't as bad as it could have been. I truly recommend a DVD player for all long trips. I'm surprised at how much better the kids do while engaged with a movie. We watched 2 Scooby Doo movies, Cheaper By the Dozen, some more I think. Jim and I don't watch - we just listen. That Shaggy is, like, such goofball, dudes.

We started seeing the dogwoods in East Texas. I just love them. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't grow in Abilene. There aren't enough tall trees for them to be under. I saw one pink one (in Alabama, of course) but lots of white ones. When I was a little girl my grandmother, Mama Crawford, had a box with the legend of the dogwood on it. The box had a very strong smell. I always thought it was dogwood wood but it was cedar, of course. My grandparents were old and I don't remember much about them but I remember that box.

Legend of the Dogwood

An old and beautiful legend has it that, at the
time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and
other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was
selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly
distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his gentle pity for
the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for
My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as
a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent nd twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember


Tammy M. said...

Denise I am so glad ya'll made it safe to Alabama!
I agree about the DVD Player, have a great time, we already miss you terribly.

Rebecca said...

I agree- the DVD makes our trip to Abilene so much more pleasant! I did not know the history of the Dogwoods. Beautiful story. Can't say I have ever seen one except in books. Have a safe trip.

Roxanne said...

Glad you found my blog. . .yes, the guest list for the party can get long, but I just live by remembering that "the Lord will provide." It's so much fun!!!

I grew up in northeastern Louisiana. . .lots of dogwoods. Went to school at Harding. Even MORE dogwoods. . .pink ones and white ones all over the front lawn. They are gorgeous.