Arches, or my St. Louis Easter

Good evening! I hope this finds you well and fantastically recharged from a long Easter break!

(A positive of going to a Catholic school– 2 days off for Jesus’ resurrection!)

I had a splendid time with my friends in the wonderful city of St. Louis. I had never been to ‘the Lou’ before, but I am happy to report that this spot gets my seal of approval. I think it may be only because there were no evil cats where I stayed- only cute puppies.

I feel like I did  many things native St. Losers do. **Note: I made up that term. It does not reflect my opinions on the kind people of the Show Me State.** I would like to speak to the many similarities between all of human life, as what happened to me over Easter break were probably had by all of you reading this- I hurt myself, I laughed a lot, I slept, I shopped, I discovered allergies, I traveled, I ate, and I went up in a tiny capsule to the top of a large arch.

Just kidding, I was being facetious with the last one. A more detailed explanation of selected:

Me with the jungle of the City Museum in the background.
  • I hurt myself: I went to the famous City Museum in downtown St. Louis. This is not an actual museum. (Sorry father, I did not go to an official museum on this vacation. I promise I have not let you down.) It is an old shoe factory that has been transformed into a giant play place of sorts. IT IS SO COOL. I felt like I was five again! I saw a large ornamental doorknob collection. I watched young circus performers-in-training. I went down a ten story slide. This is where I hurt myself. The slide was covered with metal slats, so people do not fall to their death. Understandable. I am alllllll about safety. However, I am also a tall female. (I am currently working on a post entitled “My life as a tall female.”) I somehow managed to whack my patella (KNEE CAP) on the bars. I have a large and painful bruise, which made my foray into Catholicism rather difficult. **SEE BELOW** Bruises aside, I had a wonderful time at this notable attraction.  http://www.google.com/search?q=city+museum&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=crSDT76tC8ms2gWKr_38CA&ved=0CHgQsAQ&biw=1349&bih=614
That is my wayyyy up high in a slinky-like tube. It was much higher than it looks.
  • I ate: I ate at a place called Ted Drewes. It is an ice cream stand. It was delicious. (Yes, you St. Losers, I know it is actually ‘custard’. However, us uncultured people in the Midwest call it ice cream.) I got a wonderful creation- ice cream blended with a piece of apple pie. Also, I saw Mr. Drewes and his wife, Dottie! I am ashamed to admit I was too shy to approach these living legends, who own the business.
  • I discovered allergies: Incense. The wonderful family who was kind enough to host me happened to be Catholic. This isn’t unusual, as I attend a Catholic school. I am all for trying out faith traditions that are different than mine! On Easter Sunday, I went to a beautiful Catholic mass, the first I had attended all year. Because Easter is a momentous occasion in the church, there was incense used in the service. Mucho incense. When the incense was brought down the aisle, I began sneezing. My nose was filled with an unfamiliar smell that tickled my nostrils. Other than that, I had a splendid time pretending to be Catholic! **Translation: Mumbling because I didn’t know the words, Looking silly because I asked for a program of the service, sitting with the little children during Eucharist/Communion, Loudly interrupting the silence at the end of the Lord’s Prayer with my speaking of the final words, Startling like a baby bunny when the priest flicked holy water on me, and sneezing when the incense was used.** I seriously did really enjoy experiencing another faith tradition! Also, a lot of kneeling occurs during a mass. If you have basic reading comprehension skills, you will remember that I currently have a bruised patell. Ouch.  Next time I know to prepare myself for the incense.
  • I went to the top of the St. Louis Gateway Arch! That’s right, I ascended 630 feet into the air! It was lovely, even with the tiny tram I had to take. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD4w93ZS_PA

    Me (the giantess) with some of the best - and shortest - people on earth outside of the arch.

So that pretty much sums up my joyous break from Omaha. Now, back to the real world!

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One thought on “Arches, or my St. Louis Easter

  1. Blue Sky Happy April 13, 2012 / 2:32 PM

    Loved reading about your visit to the Lou! Glad you had a good time here. Being the Catholic gilr that I am, I must tell you, I found your story of Easter Mass to be seriously entertaining. The incense burning is rough! Like headache-inducing rough for me. Way to be a trooper!

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