K. called to say she wanted to have a surprise party for J. tomorrow. That was not much notice. I have the Friday Night Friends group, but would come down to Baltimore to see J. and K. Dad says he's free. Mom has to work, and she has the church book group that night.
I thought about the book I read last night. The title was Reese. It's the first in a series of six. It's set shortly after the Civil War, and the male protagonists are Confederate veterans. I was curious. One of the six is mixed race, white and American Indian, and is called by the term of the time and of the romance novels of the 1970s and 1980s. Another is half-Spanish, his father from Mexico, and speaks Spanish to annoy another of the veterans. The first book makes no mention at all of African-Americans or slavery. It does say that the veterans fought to protect their homes and live the lives they chose. So I'm wondering if it's racism by omission, or at least anti-Blackness by omission. I will see if the other books have any mention of slavery.
Later: I talked to Dad and Mom and K. a few more times. It looks like Dad and I will be going to Baltimore Friday afternoon, and Mom will come Saturday morning. I texted YMCA-K. to tell her I probably wouldn't be coming to the Friday Night Friends group, and talked to YMCA-P. on the phone.
I went to Y for a bit of a workout. R. was the YMCA person in the weight room. He's very good about showing me things if I need help. They're all helpful, actually, but R. is very friendly.
I went to the grocery store. Among other things, I got pumpkin-raisin muffins. They're quite good.
Mom and I went out to Wendy's to get dinner.
I keep forgetting to note that the pineapple sage is blooming. It's mostly been raining this past week, so I haven't been out back, but we can see it from the kitchen windows.