Since I've been blogging, I can tell you for a fact that this is the fourth cemetery Anna June has visited, and the third at which she's been photographed. If that's not a little strange, I don't know what is. But today, Anna June came with me and her dad and met Aunt Connie at Oak Hill Cemetery in downtown Birmingham for a Historical Tour. The photos are Aunt Connie's - thanks so much for sending them! You can also see pictures on her blog, Finding a View, which is on the blogroll to the left.
There were several volunteers dressed as famous Birmingham historical figures, including the infamous madam, Louise Wooster (played by my Aunt Vicki's former classmate, Beth) who helped save Birmingham from a cholera epidemic, as well as Emma Hawes (a famous murder victim, played by Ben's classmate, Terri) and Captain Linn, whom you can see someone dressed as in the top photo. It was an interesting alternative Halloween activity, and we didn't have to drive way out in the country to experience it.
The cemetery itself is amazing. It has kept meticulous records through so many generations, and you can find a lot of information at its website, here. Burials are still conducted here, although mostly to families with plots purchased long ago.
As for her visit to the cemetery as a tourist, Anna June was pretty well behaved. This time of year in Alabama, one runs the heater in the morning and the air conditioning in the afternoon. She was perfectly dressed in a long sleeved t-shirt at the outset of the tour, but by the end was complaining of being hot and sweaty. She also complained of being thirsty, and since this wasn't our usual outdoor event to attend, there were no concession stands, although the Alabama Celtic Society was offering free Halloween candy. So a Tootsie Roll pop was all it took before AJ forgot about her thirst long enough to quit whining on the way to the car. We should have gotten it a half hour before we did.
Aside from that, AJ was fairly well behaved. But the two port-o-potties that were onsite were of endless fascination to her. Before our tour began, AJ begged to go pee, so I let her, explaining that it was pretty strange and there wasn't anything to flush. She did fine. (And thanks again to Aunt Connie for the hand sanitizer!) Then, over the course of the next hour and a half, she asked to go back no less than THREE times! She was, apparently, fascinated with the disgusting blue chemical water in the bottom, and that was it. Those extra three times, she didn't actually go, but she did want to try. I did want to stay and hear what the historical actors were all saying, but you don't argue with a recently-potty-trained two year old!
And the adorable pumpkin outfit is from Granny Annie, arrived just yesterday, in time for our spooky field trip. Thanks!