Yesterday we took the kids to see the Battleship Texas State Historic Site.
The USS Texas is an enormous battleship from both the first and second world wars that you go can on and walk (or climb) all around.
I realized this was madness as soon as we boarded the ship. I have a paralyzing fear of heights and my two grandsons, ages 4 and 6, fear nothing. See that opening there in the side of the ship? The one with just two wires that small boys can easily fit through that is a sheer drop of about a million feet into the water? Yeah.
And speaking of guns, how fun is it that the kids can sit up in these guns and crank them until they move straight up or down. Zero fun for me. I was terrified of the whole thing and had to let my husband take over.
They climbed as high as you can go which is very, very high. I sat in a nice little room watching a movie about the history of the ship. Much more my speed...
I was able to walk around and climb the ladder type stairs inside the ship. How awful for the men who had to live there and risk their lives constantly!
The massive guns were state-of-the-art at the time and made the USS Texas the "deadliest weapon in the world". All I could think of, and I could be wrong here but I don't think so, is that women would have never done this.
You could argue that they had to do it to protect us from our 'enemies'. I guess, but our enemies are only ever a bunch of men doing the exact same thing.
After the ship it's onto the San Jacinto Monument. This is where the Texans whupped the Mexicans after they had whupped the Texans at the Alamo. (Not sure how you spell whupped but that's how it sounds). The Mexicans were all asleep and not expecting the attack but oh well.
The monument was built in the 1930's and is absolutely massive. It's taller than the Washington Monument at 567 feet and the star on top weighs about two tons.
I don't think women built this. I'm not saying we couldn't - I'm an ardent feminist. I'm just saying I don't think we would.
I get that women have always had an important role and are in the military now, etc. etc...
I just have to wonder what a true matriarchal society would look like. Sociologists now don't believe there ever really was one. Or is that just men talking?
I picture a more utopian society if women were in charge. I just don't know...
Since Saturday is a busy day for everyone around here, we'll have pizza tonight. I just do garlic butter and cheese, usually on naan bread, for the kids. Looking for something a bit more gourmet for the adults though...