As much as we adults remember and know about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, what about our kids? What do you tell them? How can this be explained? Think about this: Anybody younger than a high school sophomore was born after the 9/11 attacks.

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and it got me to thinking about one of my favorite stories about a mother and an outfielder and a baseball record and the lesson we all need to remember. So, if  you’ll indulge me this after-Mother’s-Day story to tell:

It’s led to still another embarrassing chapter in Alabama history. As one of the talk-show pundits noted, we have a governor accused of adultery, a majority leader under indictment leading the charge against him and the case to be heard by a judge who defied the Constitution by posting the Ten Commandments on a monument in the state judicial building.

The Hotel Finial will inevitably be “the old Victoria” for a while, but that’s OK. Great pains and expense have been taken by owners Del and Ginger Marsh to make it feel like a new place while assuring the historic charm remains in the 61 rooms and the five suites in the mansion.