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We arrived in Elwood around 10:30pm Thursday evening and drove immediately to my sister’s to drop off my nephew, Andrew, who had stayed the week with us. Some friends of hers were over so we visited with them a spell before heading over to Mother’s.

Friday morning I finished a few odds and ends, and at 1:30pm the boys and I headed 35 miles south to Indianapolis. We met Jeff Carter, and his 21yo son, AJ, at the Monument Circle and took a few photographs before heading to Circle Center Mall to watch King Kong. Although a tad long, the movie was very good and the special effects were amazing.

Following the movie, we walked to Houlihans for dinner and of course, conversation with Jeff and AJ is always enjoyable.

The Circle plaza was busy, but not as busy as it generally is this time of year. As a child, I can still remember shopping visits to down-town Indianapolis when it was still fashionable to head downtown. One year, my grandparents took me to the top of the Soldier & Sailor Monument which I still remember with great fondness. There has always been something thrilling for me when I visit Indianapolis, and at 41, I was just as excited. Once the boys are raised, I have no idea where life will take me – I could return to directing full time, maybe head to NYC or even Indianapolis.

Jeff and I led our sons on a walk to a really neat Borders Books & Music. Jeff purchased some books, and the boys and I left with CD’s. I finally purchased the sound track to Light In The Piazza which won the Tony for best music – the composer being Richard Rodgers’ grandson. I also purchased the soundtrack to Ladies In Lavender, a wonderful movie I saw this summer (featured in an August blog posting). This soundtrack features the talent of violinist, Joshua Bell.

Jeff, AJ, Matthew, Jose and I finished off the evening at Steak & Shake with shakes, coffee and conversation. We bid our dear friends farewell and we returned to Elwood. What a fantastic family event, made all the more special sharing it with Jeff & AJ.

To learn more about the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument in Indianapolis, and to see more photographs, please visit: http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/kade/soldiers.html

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