Mr. Smith-Jones Goes To Washington
January 2005By Dred Scott
Dred Scott (a pseudonym) writes from Washington, D.C.
It was a perfect summer day when Fred Smith-Joness family left the Midwest for a vacation in the nations capital.
Fred and his wife, Joyce, both middle-class suburbanites, were excited and had spent several days designing an itinerary. Their two adolescent children Ashlee and Zodiac were likewise filled with wonder regarding their first-ever trip east of the Ohio River.
After arriving at the Reagan Airport and checking into their hotel, the family quickly hit the streets. Tour buses took them to the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and Union Station. The family photographed every monument and statue.
On the third morning, the Smith-Joneses, who are Catholic, visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
They toured North Americas largest church in awe. Fred used his camcorder to videotape everything, including the reconciliation chapel where dozens of people waited in line for the Shrines two confessionals.
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