Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Peace Vigil # 46, December 4, 2007
L to R, Barb, (Mrs. Spadoman), Pastor Pat, Pat the Elder and Spadoman with the American Flag.
We've had snow falling every day since the weekend and today was no exception. About four inches of real fluffy stuff today, and 5-9 inches more expected tonight. All this after a ten to twelve inch dump we had on Saturday into Sunday. It wasn't too cold as it was still snowing when we held the Vigil. It was around 20-25 degrees and no wind. That's what saved us today. When that wind whips up off the lake, we're doomed to freeze out there.
And even with the inclement weather, we had ten people stand for peace today. Seven stayed the whole hour, three of them came and stood with us as long as they could. We also had an unusually high number of pedestrians stop and talk to us, and none of them were against our efforts. The first two people that walked by us made mention that they didn't like the war. Another woman, a jogger, was running and stopped to find out what we were doing. We find out dhe is in Ashland to attend Northland College and this is the first time in her life she has experienced snowfall.
Pat the Elder. She will get to see her Grandson soon as he is getting a visit away from Iraq for Christmas.
Still another just stopped to say he saw us there and that he hoped we wouldn't freeze. We also got plenty of horn honks, smiles, waves and peace signs. I saw no negative gestures. It does get dark really early in the Vigil. Right about when we start it is dark. A couple fo us feel that we just don't see the negative gestures when it's dark and that we should think this way all the time and act like it doesn't ever happen.
Shutterwi took some pictures today. We haven't had pictures of the Vigil in a while. If you check out his site, you can see the student from Napa, CA enjoying her first snow. Those I post here are of the group and Pat the Elder as we stand on the corner in the beautiful winterscene. The other Pat, the Pastor, is wearing a Santa hat. This photo could easily be a holiday greeting card.
Six more weeks and we'll have done this Vigil for a year. We will do as we did for the six month anniversary. Write letters to the editor of the local Ashland Daily Press and try to recruit more people for the Vigil.
Yours Truly sitting to aleviate the sciatica pain.
Peace to All.