This “memory” popped up on my Facebook page and I laughed just like I did when this first happened. Kids…lol
Finished history unit on George Washington becoming the first President. Unit questions in the back. As usual, my daughter keeps it interesting.
Me: Where does the current President live?
Lil Miss: *omitting the word “current”* She responds, “the grave”. (Thinking about GW)
The lil miss was very engaged in last night’s history lesson. We were discussing the Spanish and French explorers.
We read about De Soto, who was wealthy, but wanted more riches. He had planned on conquering the Indians, even though he knew they had killed Ponce de Leon. The book went on to say some of his men died because of fights with the Indians and others because they became ill. Basically, he was responsible for those deaths because of his greed.
The outcome of De Soto’s exploration, was he never found gold (false stories) but he did happen upon the Mississippi River and is credited with that discovery.
The book said how he eventually became sick with fever and died. My precious daughter said, “that’s what he gets for being greedy”. I responded, “that’s what’s known as Karma”.
I never considered that at her age. I just learned the name, discovery, date and moved on. History is going to be fun with her.
“Human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacriﬁce, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.” (Howard Zinn)
Today marks one week until my sister’s third angel-versary of losing her breast cancer battle. One thing, of many, that I will always remind me of my sister, is her love of the United States of America.
After listening to Madison Rising’s version of the “Star Spangled Banner”, another video about the our National Anthem started playing. I continued to listen to it because I liked the way it was presented. I liked it so much, I will incorporate it into my daughter’s history lesson next year.
While I realize there are few inaccuracies in this story, it gives the general idea of how the song came to be. It symbolized an important time in American history. Strangely, it provided comfort. It reminded me of Kathi and her patriotic spirit.
The video is just under 12 minutes long. Enjoy the story and our history. Remember, the next time you hear our National Anthem, please stop what you are doing, remove your hat, stand, place your hand over your heart and remain silent until the song is completed.
I for one, am proud to be an American.