The Workday Reading: March 26, 2014

Mar 26, 2015

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1) As a former Washingtonian, I’ve seen children climbing the Tidal Basin cherry trees and teens horse-playing at the Vietnam Memorial. Their chaperones usually do nothing.  But it’s doubly infuriating to see a parent encouraging a child to climb on a war memorial for Vietnam’s female service members.

2) This Iris & Ink peplum blouse is a good stand-in for my favorite (now-discontinued) Zara blouse.

3) Glitter Guide offers a tutorial on how to wash your silks.

4) I’m on the hunt for summer dresses.  This geometric-print maxi from Anthropologie definitely caught my eye.  I also like this asymmetric-stripe shift from Petit Bateau.  Madewell’s short-sleeve eyelet dress also looks like a sold choice.

5) Vanity Fair presents the true story of how Pretty Woman got its happy ending.

6) Old Navy has some cute, affordable summer accessories.  These bright pink sandals are adorable.

7) This veggie sandwich with sunflower seed tzatziki looks so good, I don’t think I’ll miss the meat.

8) If you’re looking for unique, modern earrings for special occasions, Alexis Bittar has some amazing pieces.  LastCall has this gorgeous hematite pair and these sublime mixed-metal, cabochon drops.

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  1. Bunny says:

    My husband works for the National Park Service (although not in DC — he’s at a civil war battlefield) and some of the stories he has about the devil-children that visit the park with their oblivious/incompetent parents are ridiculous. Some of the school groups he’s gotten have been uncontrollable and he maintains that the Boy Scout groups that he deals with are consistently the worst behaved kids in America. It’s so sad that people are unwilling to teach their children how to behave in public.

    • Belle says:

      I was with a friend one night at Vietnam Memorial, and some kids were throwing water at each other and just generally horsing around. He walked up to the teenager, got right in his face, pointed at the Wall, and said “Forty years ago, you would have been drafted. Sent to fight in some jungle hell hole and watch all your friends die around you. But because of these men, you get to go on fancy school trips instead. Have some damn respect.” The chaperone actually told him that he wasn’t “permitted” to talk to the students.

      If there’s one place in this country where you think you would teach children to be quiet and show respect, it would be Arlington and the Memorials. But no, the special snowflakes can do whatever they want. IT makes me feel bad for the kids who do behave because they get a bad rap.

      • Anna says:

        Ugh, teenagers should know better. I came to DC on a 5th grade trip and remember thinking the Vietnam Memorial was probably the most solemn. It’s so powerful in its simplicity. I think I remember horsing around the FDR memorial, but that one is more museum/park like (not that it’s ok). At Vietnam you have a wall with thousands of names of people who DIED, plus the Women’s memorial that isn’t exactly a jolly sight, and the WWI memorial not far away of lines of men trekking through mud. My family had only just gotten to this country as Vietnam was winding down, so it’s not like I had a personal connection to the war, and at 5th grade I still knew it was a place to show respect.

        It’s especially disconcerting that according to that post, the parents encouraged the kids to climb on the sculpture for a photo-op. What kind of twisted photo-op is that?!

  2. Megan R. says:

    My dad is a Vietnam veteran, and on his only trip to the Wall, a big group of kids were allowed to act like total jokes – some were rollerblading up and down the path in front of the Wall, horsing around, and a couple more were eating ice cream and dropping it everywhere. I’ve never been so angry. I also can’t stand when people use the WWII Memorial’s large central fountain as a footbath/wading pool. Seriously, people?

  3. Megan R. says:

    When I wrote “jokes, I meant “jerks.”

  4. Thank you so much for the veggie sandwich love! <3

  5. Tiffany says:

    I thought it was illegal to climb on that stuff? I’m one of /those/ locals though, I have told more than my share of people to get their children off the dang monuments. I usually get called a witch, but I really don’t care.

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