The Bolz-Weber family is in Austin Texas for the week. It's Matthew's 20th high school reunion (Elgin, Tx). He asks very little of me when it comes down to it; coming here this Summer was a rare request and one that I would honor only for him.
We started the morning at a wonderful science and nature center at Zilker park where we found a letterbox. (Letterboxing is our family hobby) We found ourselves at the top of a hill amongst the ruins of an old overlook. On several trees were signs someone has posted that said: Thor (Steve Ray ..[I can;t remember the name]) Your mother is very ill. Call home (collect) -Dad. I can't stop thinking about this family and the fractured relationships that would lead to such a thing. Is the son homeless? Mentally ill? Addicted? Did the parents kick him out or did they try and keep him close and he pushed himself away? I prayed for them this morning, that they find reconciliation and peace.
Later that afternoon I dropped the family at a water park and I went to visit my friend and general force of nature, Tim Snyder. Tim is part of the Netzer Co-op, an intentional community of Lutheran young adults in Seguine, Tx. We were set to meet at a coffee shop where the community holds some of their events and when Tim wasn't there when I arrived I started to feel a bit uncomfortable. Heavily tattooed urban gals don't always feel terribly comfortable in small town Texas, but following me into the coffee shop were 2 old school bikers who came right up to me and asked if they could "see your art", meaning check out my tattooes. "We need more beautiful tattooed ladies here in Seguin". So I chatted with the bikers until one of them indicated that the next tattoo they wanted to get would be a big Knights Templar cross with the word "infidel" so that "those moos-lems would know what I think of them, and that includes Barak Obama. He's a moos-lem - I read it on the internet". And that's the moment Tim walked in and saved me.
A highlight of my afternoon in Seguin was the statue of Martin Luther on the Texas Lutheran University campus.