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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

On the eve of her birthday

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We just finished our third year of history, following a program called Story of the World which moves along in chronological order from ancient times to modern over four years.

This year, we covered such big subjects as the Revolutionary War and the Trail of Tears---moments that made me feel so proud to be an American, and moments that I can't believe we don't have to apologize for every morning, first thing, when we wake up.

As we closed our third year of history, America still had slaves and Native people had been driven off their homelands. Slums surrounded every major city, and outlaws ruled the west which has been driven mad by the prospect of gold in that thar hills.

An imperfect past, I'd say. And I don't need to think too hard to come up with more problems going on in this country right now.

But, today, my children shared candy at the parade with little boys too young to grab the stuff fast enough as it was tossed by those marching by. We came home and made mud pies in the comfort and safety of our yard. And the only explosions I hear are from fireworks going off all around my house.

I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, though I hope we continue to try to make this a better country for those in it, and those who will follow.

Happy Birthday old girl.



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Blogger Patois said...

My hopes match yours.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I am beginning the search for a history program....do you like SOTW? Would you recommend it? How much reading aloud are we talking about?

12:28 PM  

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