“A land without memories is a people without liberty.”
Robert E. Lee
“Remember, we are all one country now. Dismiss from your mind all sectional feeling, and bring them up to be Americans.”
Robert E. Lee
I never know what I’ll be thinking about when I wake up. Today, I thought that I’d be writing about rain, because we haven’t had measurable rain for quite a while but are getting it today. Mary predicts rain.
Jay was up tossing and turning early this morning because we have someone coming to look at our roof to repair an area of our roof where we still have leaking. Thinking about the rain, the leak, and whether they’ll be able to get up on the wet roof today, had him up early. I slept a little later than I usually do.
When I got up, Jay was immersed in an email convo with some of his fellow Washington & Lee University graduates about an effort by some to change the name of the University. We joke that pretty soon it will be called Ampersand University. Washington is apparently a bad guy now and so is Lee in some eyes. It’s pretty sad how some want to eradicate history. As Jay says, we need to look at history through the eyes of the people who lived it at the time. He, like my Dad was, is a history buff and pretty handy to have around. I feel like I learned history in my education, but you watch the news and wonder if the leaders of today did. When I have questions about the constitution or what the President’s role is in something, or who can do what, Jay can explain it to me. I look to him if I’m unclear and he can demystify it.
So now Robert E. Lee is under attack. Here’s a YouTube video that explains quite a bit about the guy who is now the latest on the cancel culture chopping block. Did you know that as President of Washington College (Washington & Lee University for now), he required students to take four years of instruction in both Latin and Greek? When I was in high school, I wanted to take Latin because I wanted to be a vet , but there weren’t enough students to hold a class so they canceled and back to French I went. No vet here. He is also credited with starting the honor system. The video also talks about his relationship with slavery and it may surprise you.
Here’s the million dollar question. Why would you attend a school whose name offends you and/or you disagree with the school’s philosophy? It’s not a cheap University to attend. These students held a walk out yesterday in favor of changing the school’s name. Was it just something to do? They’re getting a top notch education there and obviously able to participate in free choice. Go figure. This is a screenshot of the article with a link to the story. Do their parents (who are holding the purse strings) agree or encourage it?
So that’s what I’m thinking about today. How this world has gone askew for me. When we don’t want to know our history because it’s inconvenient or unsavory. Yes, the USA is in turmoil right now but erasing our history won’t help that. What do our adversaries think? Probably just waiting. China is an emerging power and predicted to be economically stronger than us by 2028. Yikes! Are we on the descent? I sure hope not, but it seems to be the IN thing to bash America. I love our country and even though I’ve traveled many many places, am proud to be an American and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Today, I’m working on making dryer balls for upcoming fiber shows that are slated to occur. This is just a few of so many.
The alpacas don’t look too bad today. Not totally drenched. Thank goodness I had the foresight to bring their feed bins inside. They’re definitely checking something out. Could be our neighbor’s dog who doesn’t wander.
Enjoy the rainy day. It will give me a chance to not feel like I want to be outside like the wonderful sunshine and warmth does.
Yesterday my friend Jen and I did a little water walking. It felt great! We’ll have to go again! I ended the day with Hooping-my absolute favorite form of fitness and Dawn makes it so much fun. I don’t know how she does it-great music blended with a challenging yet fun workout. She’s the best and ALWAYS has a smile! That’s why I keep going back.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!