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Last evening I overheard Mrs. R and the eldest gel talking about middle schools.   We’re chewing on the idea of having the gel finish up next year at the local public elementary and then transfering to the parochial school attached to my parish, the primary justification in Mrs. R’s eyes being that the gel is extremely smart, but also rayther lazy, and the teachers there would be much more likely to push her.

The gel herself does not like this idea.  Among her other arguments, I heard her expressing her objections to “those Catholic people”.   As I was chatting with her myself a bit later, I said, “You know, I’m one of ‘those Catholic people’ too.”

“Yes, Dad, but this is different.  I don’t want to be surrounded by them.  I’m a horrible Episcopalian and I’d be an even worse Catholic.  I don’t want to be somewhere where they’re constantly shoving it on me.”

I resisted mightly the temptation to reply that this was all the more reason to send her there, instead reminding her that we’re still better than a year away and no decision needs to be made at the moment.

I have noticed an increasing tendency in the gel to balk at religion of late.  She doesn’t pay attention in Church and generally expresses doubt when I talk about theological matters outside of it.  I hope that this is just a function of hormones and that eventually she’ll come around to a better appreciation. In the meantime, it seems to me absurd to force the issue, as she would only kick harder.  The best solution I can come up with at the moment is to stay calm and try to lead by example.

This is interesting.  It appears that thanks to some recent earthquake damage, scientists are on the verge of cracking the first tomb of an Aztec ruler, perhaps that of Ahuitzotl, who ruled just prior to Montezuma.

The dig is in the middle of what was the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. Near by stands the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, which was built from the stones of Moctezuma’s Templo Mayor, which was destroyed by the Spanish in 1521. The temple’s ruins were subsequently lost for nearly five centuries and discovered only by accident in 1978. Colonial buildings built around it made further exploration difficult but an earthquake in 1985 cleared the way for the present dig.

The new finds appear to be offerings left at the entrance to a tomb. Among them is a fearsome stone sculpture of Tlaltecuhtli, goddess of the Earth. Dr Lorenzo López Luján, who discovered it, thinks that it is a capstone to a burial chamber. When archaeologists moved the sculpture in 2007 they found four containers filled with more than 3,000 items, including animal skeletons, a fire god sculpture, blocks of incense and wooden masks.

Next to this they detected what looks like an entrance. Electronic checks indicate that there is an anomaly beyond it, which Dr López Luján believes is a royal tomb, although some suggest it may be the equivalent of an ancient Greek bothro, where offerings to the underworld were placed.

I’ll be quite curious to see what is found, although I must admit that I have never had much interest in or liking for the Aztecs themselves, who were surely one of the most barbarous and bloody-minded of the ancient “civilizations”.


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