Archive for June 17th, 2008

Finally . . . A blog post!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

I’m so sorry that I’ve been neglecting the poor old blog. I finished up my paperwork today, so now I feel free to wander back over this way.

Usually I would do a Ten on Tuesday
post, but today’s prompt was to list 10 historical events in my nation’s history of which I am proud. This isn’t the best prompt for me because:

  • I didn’t start to enjoy history until my children were learning history during their homeschooling years. Therefore, there are woeful gaps in my knowledge, which I have not yet taken the time or effort to remediate.
  • When I was in school, it seemed that we were taught, and then re-taught, ad nauseam, the same few historical happenings. Think: Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria in 1492; pilgrims and Indians; Revolutionary War; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; and the War between the States. That may be why I formed my ill opinion of the study of history as a child.
  • I am afraid of rampant patriotism, the “my country right or wrong” mentality. Often the one who “wins” writes history from his point of view. The example that comes first to mind is the Civil War. If the Confederate States had won that conflict, how different the account of that war would be! Since I haven’t studied history deeply, I don’t feel qualified to select ten historical events of which I am proud.
  • I can say that I am thankful to live in this country, and that I seek to be a responsible member of our society. I try to share with others the material prosperity that I have.

If any of you, dear Readers, would like to comment on an historical event of which you are proud, I would be glad to hear it, and learn more about it.