Trip Start Oct 23, 2012
Trip End Oct 26, 2012

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

I remember during the 2008 election the word "gravitas" being thrown around... a lot.  I can't say I'd really heard that word before then, that I remember.  
Google tells me that it means:  Dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner, and the commentary in 2008 seemed to have a lot to do with Obama having it and McCain, not so much...  (although I would think that all the toughness required to make it through that whole POW thing might qualify him of having some)
Today, walking around the Reagan Library the word gravitas just reverberated in my mind.  But it had more power in reference to Reagan than it ever will in reference to Obama.
That may be offensive to some...but it's true)

I wanted to make it through all the exhibits with a minimum of complaining and foot dragging so I promised the kids that if they were engaged and decent that we would stop at the Van's skatepark in Orange County on the way home.  We moved through the exhibits at a moderate pace, stopping to read at least a couple of the informational plaques for each topic to try to give them a feel for what the cultural and political climate was "back in the day".  Nate, of course was interested in the Secret Service and the Hinckley shooting.  Approaching the room which houses Air Force One was truly breathtaking.  The size of the room itself is magnificent and the view to the outside is really beautiful.  We enjoyed walking through the plane and I was surprised that it wasn't more "plush", as the newer versions are.

I can't lie, I did find myself tearing up several times during our time there...especially as we read the letter he had written to the American people after being diagnosed with Alzheimers...  Dignity. 
And seeing the photos of Nancy at his funeral.  Grace.

So, the kids had behaved...  We headed south toward the OC and Van's.

I have wondered what would happen if, when out on one of our trips if I became too sick to drive... and as my joints are getting achier and achier, and I'm hot and cold, I'm realizing that I've never really finished figuring out what I would do.  I guessed that as long as I could still see straight I would just keep going and that I could lay down in the car while the kids skated for a while.

They were having so much fun, it was hard to tell them that we had to go, but at 5:30pm we left for the last part of the drive which is 67.7 miles.  But anyone who has ever driven on the 5 or 405 knows good and darn well that it's not likely to be a straight shot.  We arrive home in 2 and 1/2 hours and I walked straight up stairs to bed.

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