We just got back from an AMAZING vacation.
We took a Disney Cruise from New York City.
As I cruised by that sky line, I thought of being pregnant and the fear I had being pregnant 11 years ago with my first child. The fear of bringing a child into a world of such uncertainty. I was about 8 months pregnant then. I glanced at my 4 kids looking out at the sky line, glad that we have our future. One that we will keep fighting for. One that my fear didn’t keep from me.
I thought of the words of Rafiki
Adult Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back means I’ll have to face my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Ow! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the from way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.
[swings his stick again at Simba, who ducks out of the way]
Rafiki: Ha. You see? So what are you going to do?
Adult Simba: First, I’m gonna take your stick.
[Simba snatches Rafiki’s stick and throws it and Rafiki runs to grab it]
Rafiki: No, no, no, no, not the stick! Hey, where you going?
Adult Simba: I’m going back!
Rafiki: Good! Go on! Get out of here!
[Rafiki begins laughing and screeching loudly]
Our America past hurts. We have many ugly things there. But we have learned from them. We protect our country. We have pride in our country.
We visited Philadelphia after our New York visit. Our fore fathers fought hard to create a country to ensure our freedom. That freedom does come with a cost. We learn from our mistakes. And we don’t go back. That visit for our family really made an impact for us.
New York City suffered a great loss when the Twin Towers fell. Americans felt the pain as four planes crashed. As the reports of lost lives came in we all sat in unbelief that THIS was happening in our safe country. Children are growing up with out their parents.
THIS make our kids sad. But ever year I teach my kids about this day. Just like other history events, they need to know about the men and women who just went to work, and didn’t come home. About the fireman and police men doing their job. People coming to gathering to take care of each other. About our country standing up and saying “you can knock us down-but WE ARE NOT STAYING DOWN-we are AMERICAN’s!”
This year was an extra special year, because we had just sailed by the site, we saw all the building by where the Twin Towers stood. And we saw the new World Trade Center being built.
For some learning resources-check out my friends over at “So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler”