Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Spring in Umm Qais
Our fabulous CLO organized a trip to Umm Qais last weekend.
Religious folk amongst my readers might know it as the likely place where Jesus drove the demons from a man into a herd of swine, who then rushed oinkily down the hill, plunging to their deaths in the Sea of Galilee. I was hoping Jesus might see fit to drive a few demons out of my kids, but no - I believe, given events of this week thus far, that he might even have driven a few extra demons into my littlest angel, who has apparently decided that her last few months in the Terrible Twos ought to be worthy of the title.
But I digress.
It was a beautiful day, with green grass and spring flowers and blue skies and floaty white clouds and rocks.
Lots and lots of rocks.
And as 11-year-olds across the globe know, rocks are boring.
Of course, if you put 15 kids together on a site full of ancient Roman rocks, eventually they will discover that they can climb them.
Or throw them. Or jump off them. Or even find a few that are in the shape of a bridge, which they will then scale, sitting on the very edge as their terrified parents look on.
And heaven forbid they find that they can scale the back of a few and end up on the roof of a building (yep, that'd be Aidan in the middle up there).
It was a beautiful site, full of history for the historically inclined.
And have I mentioned the rocks?
Those are my three beautiful boys. All together now: awwwww. Behind them is the Sea of Galilee. Or Lake Tiberius. And the Syrian border. That's the Golan Heights back there, too. Go ahead and google it if you have time - I'm not even going to get into who owns what and who thinks they own it and who used to own it and so on.
Somebody famous was buried down there in that crypt. Maybe two somebodies, even. I'm not sure: instead of reading the sign, I was trying to persuade somebody else's kid not to jump off the wall. It was nice, for a change, to see other people's kids doing crazy stuff. It's apparently not just my kids who think of these things.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few more pictures of rocks. Roman rocks. Enjoy...