Filbert was thrilled to get to return to Baltimore this past week. (He was playing Mad Gab when I asked him what he thought the headline for this blog post should be. Sorry.)
We were only in that Maryland city on the Chesapeake Bay for something like 17 hours — but packed in quite a lot. My primary reason for going was to present a session on missions engagement at LifePoint Church — invited there by Pastor Dave Baldwin.
While at the airport named after him, we learned a bit about Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American jurist and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before becoming a judge, he was a lawyer who was best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education. He was nominated to the court by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967.
Filbert thought it was especially cool that Marshall’s first name was originally Thoroughgood, but he changed it in the second grade because he was tired of spelling it for people. Of course it made Filbert want to change his name just because he’d never thought about being able to before reading that.
On our commute between the Baldwin home and the airport on Tuesday, Filbert experienced his first four-decker highway interchange. He liked it just fine. Because of a good amount of traffic, he had time to pose for this photo. He really liked the doogie-bobber thing attached to the windshield in Louise’s car that usually holds the GPS and wants to get one for himself. We’ll watch garage sales.
Filbert also thought it was very nice of Dave to pick us up when we arrived and of Louise to take us back to the airport when we left. He likes to ride in different cars and see new things and meet new people. He says that variety is the spice of life. Never mind that it was poet William Cowper who lived from 1731 to 1800 who made that statement famous.
Filbert loved the art gallery at the Baldwin home though he admitted to me later that the large painting on the landing on the way up to the bedroom frightened him a good bit. That fear soon faded when he discovered this delightful landscape. He was especially pleased to find this work that was more sized for him than ones most people have in their homes.
Finally, he loved seeing the SNOW!!! After watching the Olympics, he thought that Baldwins had a winter sports resort in their front yard when he encountered this mountain of snow. He wanted us to make him skis, but we just didnt’ have time.