Pretty pictures of pretty things is what I want

I have a bone to pick with my oldest nephew Kevin Esten Cooke.

He recently went on a trip to Washington D.C. with the 7th & 8th graders at St. Paul Lutheran School. All the Cookes were hosted to a wonderful meal at Noelia’s house to celebrate his homecoming from the trip.

We dined on sirloin steak shish ka-bobs, grilled shrimp, steamed veggies, salad and green beans.


Kevin was also to review all of his photos on his laptop to the family. Kennedy helped him download his interesting travel photos to put on the show. What we got was a few photos of the White House, Kennedy Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, war memorials along the Washington mall and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

And about a million of his friends that were so close up we could count their nose hairs. In the plane, in the hotel, in their bus.

There were several of “this drunk guy” at a bar and even a vertically challenged woman in front of the White House. He also took a photo of Archie Bunker’s chair to show, specifically Paw Paw. He even took a photo of a sniper guard on top of the White House.

And here’s the beef. He did not take photos of anything that his Aunt Kathy wanted to see. I’ve seen pictures of the White House. It’s white.

What I wanted to see were pictures of the Hope Diamond and Wittelsbach-Graff Diamonds that are displayed with it, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, all of the inaugural gowns worn by all of the First know, the important stuff.

Also Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the Giant Pandas, their first offspring just left home on Feb. 4. I want to know how they are doing. How are they coping? Are they depressed or relieved?

I also wanted to see The Peacock Room, Julia Child’s kitchen, The Carmen LĂșcia Ruby. He didn’t take pictures of any of that. Go figure.

However, Nano and Paw Paw are going to Washington D.C. soon and my Mom promised to take photos of all the interesting stuff. Not that the nose hairs of 14-year old boys aren’t interesting, I’ve just already seen them before.

Seriously they did have a blast on their trip. And since he roomed with two other partners-in-crime at their hotel, I have a sneaky feeling that it’s the pictures that we did not see that would be the most interesting. Some of the stories he told were hilarious.

Sounds like an excellent time was had by all, parent chaperones included. Thanks to all who supported the fund-raisers which enabled them to take this trip.

Contact Kathy Cooke at 446-5838 or

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